English and Irish champion Swain will stand in 2010 at Chris Blake’s Ascot Stud near Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. He formerly stood at Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm near Lexington.
Seventeen-year-old Swain (Nashwan--Love Smitten, by Key to the Mint) has sired a dozen stakes winners, including grade I winner Dimitrova, grade II winner Stanley Park, and several overseas group winners. His progeny earnings are $11.3 million.
“Since his runners have excelled on turf, we feel they should do well racing over the synthetic surface at Woodbine,” Blake said.
Swain, a two-time winner of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I), finished third in two runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT). He earned a career total of $3,797,566.
Swain will remain the property of Shadwell. His 2010 fee is $3,500 (Canadian funds).