Kenny McPeek wanted Swiss Skydiver to work “an easy half” Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. Of course, that filly’s idea of “easy” is different than that of most other horses.
Swiss Skydiver breezed four furlongs in 46.8 seconds Saturday morning at Churchill, fastest of 80 works under the Twin Spires over that distance. The work was her first since finishing third April 17 at Oaklawn Park in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap.
“She worked super,” McPeek said after the work. “She just does things easily.”
Swiss Skydiver will be nominated to the $500,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) on June 5 at Belmont Park, McPeek said. The $300,000 Fleur de Lis (G2) on June 26 at Churchill Downs is also an option for the daughter of Daredevil.
A 2020 Preakness Stakes upset vaulted Swiss Skydiver to last year’s Eclipse Award for champion 3-year-old filly. She also scored Grade 1 wins last August in Saratoga’s Alabama Stakes and this March at Santa Anita in the Beholder Mile.