A new partnership called Darby Dan Farm Racing resurrected the famous Darby Dan silks for a colt named Manitoulin, a son of Soaring Softly, who finished fifth in his maiden special weight debut Nov. 22.
Soaring's daughters as a group were speedy mares. When put to staying sires, however, they imparted a dash of quality speed, putting a finishing touch on Darby Dan's legacy of classic stamina.
With no suitable male heir, Swaps has faded from the breeding headlines, but his daughters left a more important legacy.
Just more than 60 years ago a trim California-bred with unorthodox connections came East to shock the racing establishment by scoring an upset win in the 1955 Kentucky Derby.
A historical comparison of Kentucky Derby winners foaled in Kentucky with those foaled outside the Bluegrass State suggests that they win additional Triple Crown races at an identical rate.
With California Chrome's trainer Art Sherman being thrust into the Kentucky Derby spotlight at age 77, so too will the great Swaps, as Sherman was the immortal Cal-bred's regular work rider. read blog
Following a dazzling win from California Chrome in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 8 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Art Sherman says he can concentrate on the best way to get to this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
A 20-foot long monument within the garden paddock at Betfair Hollywood Park that marks the burial place of the great Native Diver will be moved, along with his remains, to Del Mar in the next few weeks.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman takes us on a tour of Hollywood Park. The duo share stories of Bobby Frankel, the horses who have entered the gates of Hollywood Park, and how Lenny met his first love there. watch video
Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman takes us on a tour of Hollywood Park. The duo share stories of Bobby Frankel, the horses who have entered the gates of Hollywood Park, and how Lenny met his first love there. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
On the same weekend that Darley announced the retirement of Holy Bull from stud duty, his grandson Mucho Macho Man paid due tribute with a stunning victory in the Suburban Handicap.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Arson Squad waited patiently on the pacesetters A.P. Warrior and Point Determined to spend themselves, then rallied in the stretch under jockey Alex Solis to capture the $354,515 Swaps Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park Saturday.
Point Determined and A.P. Warrior, who staged a dramatic battle in last month's Affirmed Handicap (gr. III), figure to have the spotlight to themselves once again Saturday in the $350,000 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds.
Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) winner Point Determined and Arson Squad, third-place finisher in that race on June 17, worked at Santa Anita Tuesday for a rematch in the $350,000-added Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park on Saturday.
The natural August target for an Eastern stable with a crack three-year-old is the Travers Stakes. As matters happened, it was announced by late July that Nashua's next race would instead be in one for which a growing swell of sentiment had long been fermenting. He was to meet Swaps in a match race.
This was a heavyweight bout, and when Tenney took off Swaps' robe, he revealed a colt in breathtaking shape. The "left coast" challengers knew full well the responsibility they had in carrying the dreams and wishes of California owners, breeders, and fans.
Rock Hard Ten finally had the day everyone was waiting for in the $409,300 Swaps Breeders' Cup (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park Saturday, taking command in the stretch for an easy 3 3/4-length victory.
Trainer Paul McGee hopes to continue the luck he enjoyed with jockey Rafael Bejarano at Churchill Downs when the Peruvian-born riding sensation makes his Hollywood Park debut aboard Suave in the $400,000-added Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds on Saturday.
Mace and Samantha Siegel's stakes-winning 3-year-old Suave will be shipped to Hollywood Park for the $400,000 Swaps (gr. II) July 10, trainer Paul McGee said Friday.
In his first work since a fifth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes on June 5, Rock Hard Ten drilled five furlongs in 1:00 Sunday at Hollywood Park under jockey Patrick Valenzuela. Imperialism also worked Sunday.
Rock Hard Ten, one of the leading 3-year-olds in the nation, galloped on the main track at Hollywood Park on Thursday with an eye toward the $400,000 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr.II) July 10.
Castledale, upset winner of the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), is training well for a projected return in the $400,000-added Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) on July 10, co-owner Frank Lyons said Friday.
Feb. 23, 1963
Chateaugay at Hialeah
Feb. 19, 1955
Swaps in the Santa Anita Derby
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Shoemaker served as a spiritual leader and confidant to a new generation of riders.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ten Most Wanted returned to the work tab Thursday for the first time since his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) place effort on June 7, going a half-mile in :48 3/5 over Hollywood Park's fast main track.
Came Home had a different rider in Sunday's Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, but the results were the same as they have been in eight of his 10 previous starts: a comfortable victory.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree will be nominated to both the $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs and the $500,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, according to trainer Bob Baffert. Both races are slated for June 15.
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Stonerside Stable's 3-year-old homebred Congaree earned his first grade I stakes victory in his third attempt, winning Sunday's paceless renewal of the $500,000 Swaps Stakes by four lengths at Hollywood Park.
Carl J. Odegaard's Northern California-based 3-year-old Hoovergetthekeys, winless since taking the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) in March, will ship to Hollywood Park to face Congaree in the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. I) on July 15.
By Morton Cathro -- As Hollywood Park prepares to honor the greatest of all Cal-breds with the 28th running of the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. I) on July 15, a fresh look at the controversial duel and its aftermath seems apropos.
Hoping that sweetening the pot will attract more talent, Hollywood officials announced this weekend that the Swaps Stakes purse will be boosted to $600,000 if Preakness-Belmont winner Point Given or Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos decides to run in the race.
Trainer David Hofmans said Monday that Millennium Wind is recovering well from injuries sustained in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and remains pointed toward the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. I).
Michael Pegram's 3-year-old colt Captain Steve employed similar racing tactics to those used in his Iowa Derby victory earlier this month to win the $300,000 winner's share of the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. I) Sunday at Hollywood Park. After Tiznow angled out for racing room, the full brother of Budroyale rallied for second place, 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner.
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