Grey Swallow, winner of the 2004 Irish Derby (Ire-I), cleared quarantine at Hollywood Park Wednesday after being flown to California Monday for the $250,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) on May 13.Robert Dolan, assistant to trainer Dermot Weld, accompanied the gray Irish-bred 5-year-old horse from Ireland. "We left Ireland Saturday and spent two nights in Amsterdam before the 10 1/2-hour flight to LAX Monday," said Dolan.Grey Swallow, a son of Daylami out of The Minstrel mare Style of Life now owned by a syndicate named Vega FZE, was moved to the isolation barn, 50 South."I've ridden the horse since he was a yearling," said Dolan, who also serves as the exercise rider. "I've always called him 'mildly strong.' He's a real gentleman. He's probably the best horse I've ever ridden."Grey Swallow also won a second group I race, the Tattersalls Gold Cup, last May at The Curragh. He has won five of 12 starts and earned $1,417,293 for owner Murry Rose Bloodstock.Grey Swallow will make his first start since a third-place finish in the Canadian International Championship (Can-I) at Woodbine in October."I was very pleased with the way he was training," said Dolan. Tentative plans are for the horse to remain in the United States for the $400,000 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park on June 10.
Patrick Smullen has ridden Grey Swallow in all his starts. His availability may depend on whether plane connections can be arranged for him to be back in Ireland in time for a stakes commitment on May 14. The internationally successful Weld will be here to saddle Grey Swallow for the Jim Murray.The Jim Murray will be run at 1 ½ miles on turf.