Switch Wins A Gleam Handicap, Redeemed Wins Greenwood Cup to Get Automatic Berths into Breeders' Cup
NEW YORK (July 14, 2012) – Lee and Susan Searing’s GKC Stable 5-year-old mare Switch came from last to first to win the seven-furlong, $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (GII) at Betfair Hollywood Park by 1 ¾ lengths over Sugarinthemorning on Saturday and became the first horse this year to qualify for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (GI) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a global series of 73 stakes races whose winners earn automatic starting positions into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships which will be held on Nov 2-3 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Trained by John Saddler and ridden by Garrett Gomez, Switch, favored at 2-1 over six rivals, covered the seven furlongs in 1:24.37 over Hollywood’s Cushion Track. Switch, who had lost her last eight races, has finished second in the Filly & Mare Sprint for the past two years.
As a part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series incentives, Breeders’ Cup will pay the $30,000 entry fee for Switch to start in this year’s Filly & Mare Sprint and provide the stable with a $10,000 travel allowance.
“We knew with Switch, she wasn’t real sharp in her first race (May 5 at Churchill Downs) and I thought she needed her last race (when fourth in the Desert Stormer Handicap June 17), so it moved her forward for this one,” said Saddler. “It’s all a process. (Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stables) brought her back this year just to try her again in the Breeders’ Cup. She’s been second (in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint) the last two years. Now we get a Breeders’ Cup at home. I love the ‘Win and You’re In.’ I think that’s tremendous. You save a lot of money on entry fees and you take the pressure off. She’s been a very good horse for us.’’
Watch the A Gleam Handicap replay:
REEDEMED HOLDS ON TO WIN GREENWOOD CUP
Earlier Saturday, Jay Em Ess Stable’s Redeemed (1-10) led wire to wire to win the $200,000 Greenwood Cup (GIII) at Parx Racing outside Philadelphia in track record time over Not Abroad, and earned an automatic starting position into the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (GII) at 1 ¾ miles.
Trained by Rick Dutrow and ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Redeemed, a 4-year-old Virginia bred by Include, covered the 1 ½ miles in 2:28:01 in winning by a half-length. Now an eight-time winner, Redeemed came into the Greenwood off a 10 length win in the Brooklyn Handicap last time out at Belmont Park.
As part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge incentives, the winning owners gain free entry into the Marathon and receive a $10,000 travel allowance to California.
"I'm thrilled he won. Honestly, he's a lovely horse who earned that win today. I'm so proud of him,” said owner Samantha Siegel to The Blood-Horse.
Watch the Greenwood Cup replay: