John Sadler, who guided 5-year-old Switch through a career in which she earned more than $1.4 million, was proud as a peacock when the Quiet American mare was sold Nov. 5 at the Fasig-Tipson select mixed sale for $4.3 million.
"That's a really big number and we were completely thrilled," said the veteran trainer. "We're excited to know that she's going to Moyglare, which is the best stud farm in Ireland. We knew she was going to bring a lot of money because she has a very international pedigree."
He added, "It's kind of the process, and you feel like you've done a good job and you've left her in good shape to go on to the next stage of her career being a broodmare."
Switch is out of the Nicholas mare Antoniette, a graded stakes winner with nine lifetime victories from 19 starts.
Sadler trained Switch for each of her 24 starts after the bay was purchased at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale for $150,000 by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stables. She finished third in her final appearance, the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I), after checking in second in that race the previous two years. Earlier in her career, she won a pair of grade I races, the Santa Monica and La Brea stakes.
Switch ended her racing career with six wins, seven seconds, and five thirds and total earnings of $1,479,562.