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Swale

Status:
Deceased
Owner(s):
Bred:
Kentucky (USA) by Claiborne Farm
Pedigree:
Seattle Slew  -  Tuerta  by  Forli
Rating:
 
1984 Kentucky Derby.
1984 Belmont Stakes
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Older Comments about Swale...

Since 1980, if you could load 10 US horses in the starting gate for the "Greatest Race in North America," going 1 1/4 on dirt at Churchill Downs, in no particular order who would they be?
Wow, the 30th anniversary of his death last week went by without mention.... so here's its mention. What a great horse he was.
2014 is the 20 year anniversary since the wonderful Swale took home the roses. I often wonder what the inaugural Breeder's Cup Classic and all of 1985 would've been like had Swale not left this world much too soon.
I loved Swale, he was so good looking, and I picked him to win. Amazing how that first photo makes him look like the greatest ever, Ruffian. Can you all imagine had the two of them lived? What offspring?! I have a Slew granddaughter and she has that same pretty face. Why don't we have as much of these looking horses in today's racing? The decade of the 70's and early 80's were really the end of the true champions. Sure, we've had some good ones, but they could not match up with Ruffian or Slew, Secretariat, and may I remind: Ruffian was the ONLY horse that was spoken to have been better than Secretariat. No filly, colt would have headed her, and Swale was prob. my all time favorite colt back then. Now, I watch my own, I had hopes for Orb since who's he's related to, but that did not work out. Swale was so gorgeous, and he and Ruffian would have set this world afire, with their ability and their looks. Champions that looked like show horses. RIP, we miss you both Ruffian and Swale. Wonder what name their offispring would have had. He was far enough from Bold Ruler to have been bred to her had tragedy not struck them both. Alot of times I hate this sport, we forget these are living, breathing beings, not machines.
I see it tv. Awesome! Look how closely his stride as he's crossing the line at Churchill matches his stride in the photo crossing the line at Belmont. Uncanny.
Kaitlinefree. Here you go. http://www.horseracingnation.com/news/All_s_Swale_That_Ends_Swale_Swale_wins_1984_Kentucky_Derby travel_vic, drvivianbell, and I lived it. Felt like someone took an ice cream scoop and ripped the inside of my chest out.
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  • drvivianbell · Jay, wow, I remember this story when it was published! Back in the day, SI was the place to read Nack's pretty stories. I think folks were really interested in Swale because he was Slew's boy. · 501 days ago
  • kaitlinefree1 · Slew is my all time favorite horse! · 501 days ago
1984 Breeders Cup Classic, Wild Again, Gate Dancer, Slew O' Gold... How great would it have been if Swale had been in the mix?
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  • jay s. · tv, I NEVER thought of it like that. Wow. Talk about the highs and the lows. I personally would've like to have seen the Bag take a substantial layoff and try again. I understand why that wasn't feasible. · 504 days ago
  • drvivianbell · I just loved Swale, Tuerta's boy, and I cried and cried at his death. Devil's Bag was something, too. Phyllis Wyeth's parents owned him, I believe. · 504 days ago
What a beautiful and wonderful horse that left this world much too soon. I remember reading the Sports Illustrated article after the Kentucky Derby saying that when Woody Stephens saw Swale enter the stretch he exclaimed, "He'll win by five!" Still gives me chills to think about it. This will sound strange, but every time I hear Pat Benatar's "We're Runnin' with the Shadows of Night," I think of Swale. All I can say is, he must've been such a wonderful boy that the Good Lord needed him in heaven.
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  • travel_vic · Woody on Swale: Then, a week later, he dropped dead here in the yard (behind Barn 3 at Belmont Park), Five doctors performed autopsies on him. One of them thought it was either an aneurism or a heart attack. They found neither. They came and took samples of every bit of feed out of my feeder. They talked to me and everybody that worked for me. I never felt for a minute there was any foul play.” · 687 days ago
  • BrianZipse · That is what the public was told, yes. · 687 days ago
Great story travel_vic! I bet that's a great picture. Thanks, Jay S.
  • travel_vic · I acutally have two: Laffit signed the reproduction from the front page of the BloodHOrse and the offical Chruchill Downs photo is here on the wall. Calibrone always has good horse names and swale means: low or hollow place, esp. a marshy depression between ridges · 687 days ago
Collapsed and died as he bathed following a routine gallop at Belmont Park just 8 days after winning the Belmont. A heart attack was suspected although test results were inconclusive. Swale was brought home and buried at the farm on which he was bred and raised. His body was lowered into the ground next to Triple Crown winnerGallant fox in a full-size oak casket lined with the farm's racing colors. Members of the farm staff fashioned the massive casket for the horse who gave Claiborne Farm it's only Kentucky Derby win and gave Laffit Pincay Jr. his lone Derby win in 21 tries.
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  • travel_vic · Having spent many a year in medicine, the catch all temr heat attack encompases all things cardiac that end life. What was cardiac thombosis became myocardial infarction Whatver causes death from cardiac malfunction does qualify as heart attack which is now refered to a acute cardiac syndrome....On a lighter note, I have the offical Derby photo haning on the wall as we speack and got Laffit to sign it one day viositng Del Mar. He dseserved to win it more than once · 842 days ago
  • travel_vic · Would have been the only Seattle Slew at Caliborne...This loss was a week after Woody had to retire the very effeminate looking Devil's Bag · 842 days ago
Just an amazing 1 eyed filly who accomplished many great things in her short life time. Sorry to see her go so soon so tragically!
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  • iThoroughbred · oh ya sorry im at a horse show and got bored...hrning on your phone leads to mistakes. i meant to comment on tuertas page..missed the next step whoops! · 1153 days ago
  • Thoroughbred44 · Haha, yeah, I was sorta confused because Swale had two eyes and was a colt.... But he did have a terrible death. · 1153 days ago

Swale - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
Cnd
1st
2nd
3rd
Time
View Details06/09/84Swale1stBel81 1/2mDBelmont Stakes-G1 3 MSwalePine CircleMorning Bob1:27.20
View Details05/19/84Swale7thPim81 1/8 mDPreakness Stakes-G1 3 MGate DancerPlay On Fight Over1:53.60
View DetailsView Video05/05/84Swale1stCD81 1/4 mDKentucky Derby-G1 3 MSwaleCoax Me ChadAt The Threshold2:02.40