Augustin Stable’s Ever So Lucky and Lantern Hill Farm’s Motor City were
last seen under colors running second and first in graded stakes last
fall at Churchill Downs, and the two will meet as the likely favorites
in a field of 10 3-year-olds drawn for Saturday’s $150,000 Swale Stakes
(G2) at seven furlongs.
Jockey Joe Bravo gets the call on Ever So Lucky for trainer Jonathan
Sheppard after they teamed up to finish a game second as the favorite
behind Gemologist in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16
miles at Churchill on Nov. 26. The son of Indian Charlie developed an
immediate following after winning his career debut at Churchill on Nov.
11 by 3 ¼ lengths as the 4-to-5 favorite.
Jockey Edgar Prado will ride Motor City for trainer Ian Wilkes. A
Kentucky homebred gelding by Street Sense, Motor City won the one-mile
Iroquois Stakes (G3) last out at Churchill on Oct. 30 rallying from last
of seven. He also ran well to finish third in the one-mile
Arlington-Washington Futurity (G3) in September coming from 12th early
in the race.
“He is a confirmed closer, which may not help him at Gulfstream,” said
Wilkes last weekend. “But he’s got to get started someplace and he’s
ready to run. He’s been a gelding since before he ever raced, so we
don’t feel we have to make any one race or another.”
Another coming back in the Swale with graded stakes experience last
year is Shivananda Parbhoo’s Trinniberg and jockey Willie Martinez named
to ride for trainer Bisnath Parboo as he makes his first start since a
disappointing seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint
at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. The son of Teuflesberg had finished second
in the Hopeful (G2) at Saratoga and Nashua (G2) at Belmont Park.
Trainer Kathy Ritvo runs Mucho Macho Man as one of the favorites in the
Gulfstream Park Handicap and also will have a contender in the Swale
with Reeves Thoroughbreds’ Silver Menace and jockey Ramon Dominguez
aboard. The roan/gray colt by Silver Wagon finished an even fourth last
out in the Needles Stakes sprinting five furlongs on turf on Feb. 4,
beaten 1 ¾ lengths in an even effort.
Completing the field for the Swale are Donald Dizney’s Bahamian Squall,
George Kerr’s Good Morning Diva, Rey Wan Racing’s Hello Prince,
Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti’s Musical Flair, Michael
Briuder’s Quick Wit and James Lauffer, Poplar Hill Farm and W.D.