Sway Away Will Not be Denied Again

Whether or not you thought it was in poor form for Mike Repole and Todd Pletcher to enter Uncle Mo in the Kentucky Derby, even though it was doubtful he would run, thereby excluding the 21st horse on the list a spot in the starting gate, you had to feel for Sway Away. He is the horse that was denied the final spot when Uncle Mo’s name was one of the entries. On paper it appeared that Sway Away had a better chance in the Derby than many that did actually run, but because of that pesky graded stakes money rule, he stayed in his stall after a strong Derby day workout, while Animal Kingdom was becoming an instant star. For a while this week it looked like the same disappointment might be brewing for the son of Afleet Alex as his sophomore peers were preparing for the Preakness Stakes. Thankfully, Sway Away will not be denied again.

Yesterday’s defection of the Derby 6th place finisher, Santiva, opened the door for Sway Away to be included in the prospective 14 horse field for the Preakness. The middle jewel of the Triple Crown limits the field to 14, and as of yesterday, Sway Away was stuck at #15. After what went down in Louisville, I’m sure his ownership team of Batman Stable, Cindy Olsen, Janet Sharp,  Philip Lebherz, and Glen Wallace, as well as trainer Jeff Bonde, had to be just a little worried about getting shut out once again. Now, unless there are some major surprises with entrants this week, we can all look for Sway Away to be in the starting gate at Pimlico on May 21… and he is in with a shot.

[Do you think Sway Away have the stamina to win the 2011 Preakness stakes?]

When last seen, Sway Away was running 4th at Oaklawn Park. After making a bold, but premature move under Patrick Valenzuela in the Arkansas Derby, the talented colt hung down the lane to lose a photo for 3rd, beaten 3 ¼ lengths. It was a solid performance considering that P Val was likely too geared up to beat the heavily favored speedster, The Factor. Once his horse did that, he had little in reserve to hold off the strong rallies of Archarcharch and Kentucky Derby runner-up Nehro. The Arkansas Derby in my opinion was the strongest of all Derby trail preps and was further flattered yesterday when 5th place finisher, Alternation, came back to score in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park.  Sway Away will be reunited with rider Garrett Gomez in the Preakness, in hopes of a more patient ride than he received in the Arkansas Derby.

Sway Awaygot in his final major preparations for the Middle Jewel with a solid six-furlong work in 1:13 3/5 over a fast track early yesterday morning at Churchill Downs.  The bay colt sped through fractions of :13 4/5, :26 4/5, :39, :50 2/5 and 1:02 1/5, before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:27 1/5. The winner of 1 for 5 lifetime, after running in nothing but graded stakes races since his impressive debut, Sway Away will walk the next two days at Churchill, before making the trip from Louisville to Baltimore, three days in advance of an attempt to win a race in the 2011 Triple Crown. It’s not the Kentucky Derby, but a win in the Preakness would be an awfully sweet consolation prize.

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give me 13-1 odds and I'll bet you he finishes dead last
oh yeah mmm is looking tough surged up for third a little late from traffic trouble. hes the one to look out for. but animal kingdom can adjust and not fly to far out from the clouds and can be tough here. looking at the card of lots of speed closer or stalkers race.
he's not bad, jockey just cut to the lead to early, kind of like nehro in the derby.
I think he has a shot..Sway Away will be on my ticket ..
As much as I love Afleet Alex, I can not go with this horse next Saturday. He doesn't seem to have the distance, and although people point back to the San Vicente, he started his kick after 5 furlongs. Do you think he'll be able to keep up with Shackleford's and Dance City's pace close enough to start his kick after seven furlongs and close on them. He showed me what kind of horse he was in Arkansas.
Thought Nehro's Derby was excellent considering how close he was to the pace and three wide the whole time..a better closer than Sway Away but dont think they are ctching MMM
Think Sway Away will be overbet, and can only hope so,, looking at Mucho Macho Man to be the leader at the end
Okay, so we have on on hand Sway Away's closing kick in the San Vicente then a totally dud performance in the Arkansas Derby. On the other hand we have Animal Kingdom's closing kick in the Spiral and his dynamite closing kick in the Kentucky Derby. Where is your money going to go? Mine won't be on Sway Away, that's for sure.
Sway Away is definitely one of my Preakness favorites. Still can't forget that closing kick in the San Vincente!
He was so tired in the Arkasnas Derby he needed Dance City to hold him up as he banged him into the rail repeatedly.Toss him out
it shows what a criminal todd pletcher is. he new before he even got to churchill that mo was never going to run. how chicken shit he is. i think sway away has a good chance. pat v. is a bad jockey. now gomez back up. well rested and ready to fire. go sway away
I gave my feelings about the Uncle Mo fiasco in my blog, but I will mention it again. It was despicable that Sway Away and his connections were kept from running in the Derby. I am hoping for a great performance from him in the Preakness. :)
Looking for a reason. Take a look at the race replay for the San Vincente. That's a closing kick I can bet on. I have him as a contender.
I'm trying to get behind him, but he just hasn't done it for me up to this point.
I've been very high on this colt all along, excited to see him run at his top fitness level.

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