Swiss Skydiver will take time off, be sold in November

Swiss Skydiver will take time off, be sold in November
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Swiss Skydiver, 2020 Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old filly, is getting time off and will be offered for sale at Fasig-Tipton’s The November Sale Night of Stars by Runnymede Farm, agent.

“It’s been an honor to train her over the last three years,” said trainer Kenny McPeek. “She’s sound and healthy. Her owner Peter Callahan and I thought she deserved a little rest from racing. She’s a classy filly, a sincere pleasure. She has the heart of a true champion and gave her all. She’s an exceptional horse – one of those rare horses you don’t see very often.”

Swiss Skydiver's win over Authentic in the 2020 Preakness was the pinnacle of her racing career, cementing her award for the 2020 Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old filly. She won a battle in the stretch over Kentucky Derby winner Authentic to beat the colts. It was the second-fastest Preakness Stakes, finishing in 1:53.1 – only .1 second off Secretariat’s 1973 record. Her Preakness victory will be remembered as one of the most memorable in Thoroughbred racing. Not only does she join the exclusive list of six fillies to ever win the Preakness, she tops this remarkable list of fillies as the fastest.

Other career highlights include victories in The 2020 Alabama (G1) and The 2021 Beholder Mile (G1), winning both impressively by easily running away in the stretch.

“It’s the right time to let her move into her next chapter” said owner Peter Callahan. “A once-in-a-lifetime horse, she gave me and my family everything we could have possibly dreamed of and more, the biggest thrills we’ve had in this business so far. I just can’t say enough good things about her. We're looking forward to seeing great things from Swiss Skydiver in her next chapter.”

Two other McPeek trained fillies, Crazy Beautiful and Simply Ravishing, also will be offered for sale at The November Sale Night of Stars. Crazy Beautiful, a multiple graded-stakes-winning filly with earnings of $709,863, will be sold by Denali Stud, agent. Simply Ravishing, winner of the 2020 Alcibiades Stakes (G1), will be offered by Gainesway, agent.

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