I think Switch is the best filly in America, and she’ll win today’s $300,000 Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes if she gets a clean trip.
The Bob Baffert-trained Always a Princess will be on the lead and tough to collar, but Switch has enough natural early speed to keep her within sight and pounce in the stretch under Joel Rosario.
Switch convinced me in last fall’s Lady’s Secret Stakes how good she is, opening up on Zenyatta in the stretch before the big Horse of the Year ran her down just like she had 18 previous opponents. But Zenyatta was probably the only distaffer in the country who could have beaten Switch that afternoon.
In the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes, the final major prep for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9, Jaycito gets the nod here in a race that appears to have a ton of speed on paper. That should bode well for the stretch-running Victory Gallop colt.
Runflatout could be the real deal off his impressive 2 1/2-length maiden victory at Santa Anita on Jan. 29, and likewise the Steve Asmussen-trained Albergatti. Interestingly, Garrett Gomez got off Runflatout to stick with Albergatti.
Also, can CashCall Futurity winner Comma to the Top, beaten as the 1-2 favorite in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 12, regain his luster? He fell off a lot of Derby lists after that defeat but could redeem himself with a strong showing today.