Multiple grade III stakes winner Swift Warrior has been retired to stud at David Spears Racing near Hartshorne, Okla.
The son of multiple grade I-winning juvenile First Samurai , the sire of 22 stakes winners, Swift Warrior won seven races and $651,953 over five seasons. He had stakes wins on turf and synthetic, in addition to multiple stakes placings on dirt.
Swift Warrior had his best season in 2013 at age 5, when he won the John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Sam Houston Race Park and the Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Tampa Bay Downs in back-to-back starts on grass. He captured the $250,000 PTHA President's Cup going 1 1/8 on turf later in the year at Parx Racing .
Out of the multiple stakes producer Afleet Summer (by Afleet), Swift Warrior is a half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Dice Flavor ($283,000) and multiple stakes winner Carolina Sky ($174,922). He is from the immediate family of graded stakes winners Shrike and Storm on the Loose. His fourth dam, Classy Quillo, produced blue hen No Class, whose notable sons and grandsons include leading sires Smart Strike, Sky Classic, and Regal Classic, plus Canadian Horse of the Year and Eclipse Champion Dance Smartly.
Swift Warrior will stand as the property of Spears for a fee of $1,000, with special consideration to approved mares or owners seeking multiple-mare discounts .
"I would argue Swift Warrior has the most impressive race record of any stallion ever to stand at stud in Oklahoma directly upon his retirement," Spears said. "He was fast, sound, and incredibly consistent, finishing in the top three in 19 of 29 starts against top-class competition."
The deal to send Swift Warrior to Oklahoma was brokered by New Jersey-based bloodstock agent Michael Slezak.