The address for the SWAPS bio was omitted from my comment. It is spiletta.com & is worth checking, though, as I said, some of the territory has been covered. At least the whoile piece didn't disappear like before or get posted twice - like previously. Am new here & probably doing something I shouldn't... Anyway, check out "spiletta".
Yes LAZ comments about SWAPS the match race & his cronic hoof problem were well said; accurate, thorough & incisive. In pointing out why I thought he should be rated much higher, perhaps even at the top of any best list, I also tried to explain the hoof problem - as well as his many records being across the Country (Not just California's "fast surfaces" as many eastern writers would have you believe). Some how my comment failed to register (Said "error"); however LAZ & a following comment covered much of the territory; i.e. the hoof, weight, competition, multiple States & tracks, etc. And, while Nashua was an adequate sire, SWAPS - not considered as "fashionably" bred, never-the-less had a far more brilliant career at stud. Several of his most illustrious offspring were enumerated but perhaps the most brilliant of all was omitted: His very first foal - PRIMONETTA, was amazing. Never beaten - or headed at an point in a race; she was "Mare of the Year" & later "Broodmare of the Year". Besides data on Youtube, etc., another fine bio - that makes the case for SWAPS much higher place in history, can be found at , though your comments here were most informative & appreciated. Best to you both, GB
Don't know what happened to my post - pointing out to Mr. Sullivan that SWAPS set records all accross the Country (Cal., Illinois & Florida) not just HP & nesides his amazing World Record for 1 & 5/8 he alsp set WORELD RECORDS for 1 mile, l 1/16 miles, l mile & 70 yards, 1 mile & 1/4 AND equaled the WORLD RECORD for 1 & 1/8 miles. And, as I said in prev post, carried 130lbs in 6 of those wins - giving eight to some marvelous horses - including the brilliant MR> GUS, who when his owner got tired of bucking up against SWAPS, went east & set his own records!
You are wrong on all counts Mr. Sullivan: 1) While Hollywood Park indeed had a fast surface the year SWAPSwas most electric ('56) that issue is highly over dramatized. In fact, SWAPS set records all across the Country, Washington Park in Chicago & Gulfstream in Florida, not just HP. And the quaity of his competition; champion Porterhouse and Mr. Gus - who after leaving HP & SWAPS immediately set his own Records in the Midwest. Likewise the huge weight conceded (SWAPS won with 130 lbs 6 times that year) spoke volumns re his quality.
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