Senor Swinger Likely for Virginia Derby

Robert and Beverly Lewis' Senor Swinger, who won Saturday's $200,000 Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs by a widening 5 ½ lengths, is a probable starter in the $500,000 Virginia Derby (gr. IIIT) at Colonial Downs, trainer Bob Baffert said.

The gray son of El Prado, who was purchased by Baffert on behalf of his current owners for an undisclosed sum earlier this year with a possible run in the Triple Crown series in mind, is now undefeated in his two career starts on the lawn, having also captured the May 2 Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT).

"He's going to go wherever it's green," Baffert said. "So we'll probably run him in the Virginia Derby. After that, I don't know where he'll run but it'll definitely be on the turf."

Kentucky-bred Senor Swinger won his first two races by a combined 12 lengths before finishing unplaced in the Florida Derby (gr. I) in March. Soon after he was purchased by the Lewises and finished fifth in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) in his first start for the couple before winning the Crown Royal American Turf. He returned to the dirt for one start, finishing fifth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and the decision was then made to keep the colt on the turf.

Senor Swinger, who is out of the Kris S. mare Smooth Swinger, owns a record of four wins from seven starts and earnings of $294,180.

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