Senor Swinger Charges Home in Jefferson Cup

(from track report)
Senor Swinger, ridden by Robby Albarado, rallied from sixth in a seven-horse field and drew off in the stretch for a 5 ½-length victory over Remind in Saturday's featured $220,600 Jefferson Cup for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Bob Baffert, the son of El Prado, who was coming off a fifth-place finish to Funny Cide in the Preakness, covered the 1 1/8 miles on the turf rated "good" in a solid 1:47 2/5 and paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.20. Remind, with Cornelio Velasquez aboard, tracked the early pace and hung on for the place, paid $4.00 and $2.80. Rapid Proof, with Mark Guidry aboard, finished a nose back in third and paid $4.00.

Owned by Robert & Beverly Lewis, Senor Swinger, who is now 2-for-2 on the turf, with both events at Churchill, after capturing the Crown Royal American Turf on Kentucky Oaks Day, pocketed $136,772 to increase his lifetime earnings to $294,180. The colt, which was bought privately by the Lewis' after the Florida Derby, has a lifetime record of 4-0-0 in seven starts.

Shake The Bank sprung to a quick early lead and eventually opened up to six length through fractions of :23.25 for the quarter and :46.48 for the half. As the field moved around the far turn, Shake The Bank started to tire as Senor Swinger began to uncork his rally and eventually took the lead in mid-stretch and drew off for the impressive victory.

"I worked him twice in the past couple of weeks and what a horse he is," said Albarado, who won four races on the card. "I knew that the pace was not going to hold so I wasn't concerned at all. I was just glad that Pat (jockey Day) was out of town and I got to ride him."

"The thing this horse has in his favor is his acceleration," said John Good, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert. "He's been doing really well since he got back from Pimlico (5th in the Preakness), and was giving us every indication that we should him back. He was back there but that's his running style no matter what. They didn't go super pedestrian out there today. The guy out front was tanking along and that sets it up for us."

(Chart, Equibase)

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