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Scarlet Strike faces five in Santa Ysabel

  • Scarlet Strike (Benoit Photos)

The Grade 3, $100,000 Santa Ysabel will get the stakes action underway at Santa Anita on Saturday when a six-filly field breaks from the gate. Scarlet Strike has yet to visit the winner's circle since taking her maiden at Del Mar going a mile last September, but the Jerry Hollendorfer pupil has been close.

Just last out, the Smart Strike filly missed by only a nose while making her turf bow in the Blue Norther, and she also ran second in the Grade 1 Chandelier on Santa Anita's dirt. The multi-talented lass has had Joe Talamo aboard ever since the Chandelier and keeps him in the saddle for this one.

Switch to the Lead is wheeling back off only five days rest, having just run fourth in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez on Monday. The Patrick Biancone trainee will be getting blinkers added this time around, and the Songandaprayer miss will retain the services of Julian Leparoux on the quick turnaround.

Branding, a bay daughter of Street Sense, will be making her stakes bow in the Santa Ysabel, while the remaining entrants -- Escape Act, Fiftyshadesofhay and Heir Kitty -- were part of the blanket finish in the Blue Norther.