New York (NY) – Saturday, August 11, 2018 — 3:00:00 PM EST
Sword Swallower Stakes – 12 Furlongs on Turf
Grade I — Purse : $750,000
Restricted to 3 Year Olds and Older
The Windy City Turf Classic may be the marquee contest on grass this weekend, but 14 long-distance turf stars look to make their mark over a mile and a half in New York. All but two of the starters have already earned their stakes-winner stars, with four prevailing previously in Grade I races. Kentucky-bred Back in the Twos is the favorite at 5/1, with three sons of Frankel joining the list of contenders.
1: Pass the Dro
NOVELLIST (IRE) x KITTEN’S JOY x ELA-MANA-MOU
First time back in the U.S. since a 10th place finish in the Breeder’s Bowl Turf last season, winner of the G1 Milan Grand Prix in June 2017.
2: Finke Seayou
FRANKEL (GB) x SEA THE STARS x PINE BLUFF
Took a while to break his maiden, but the longshot of the Frankel babies has won five of six and is quickly moving up in class now.
3: Six Bowls of Wrath
FRANKEL (GB) x DUBAWI (IRE) x DYNAFORMER
Winner of the G3 Stars and Bars last time out, fourth in a New York allowance race back in January despite posting a strong SP#.
4: Running on Evil
FRANKEL (GB) x CAERLEON x KRIS S.
Winner of five of his past six, the most recent three victories coming in two G1s and a G2 but he likes it most in the rain. The turf will be firm on Saturday.
REDOUTE’S CHOICE x DEEP IMPACT x SELKIRK
His second Grade 1 outing will be a test after a strong run of finishing in the money in four-straight ungraded stakes.
6: Dyed Candy
CANDY RIDE x DYNAFORMER x EL GRAN SENOR
A mile-and-a-half is a step down in distance for this four-year-old colt, he won the G1 United Countries Handicap in his only other attempt shorter than 14 furlongs in the last 12 months.
7: Tiz Silent Law
DANCE IN THE DARK x LAWMAN (FR) x TIZNOW
Another horse that might like the turf to be a bit more yielding, look for him to start from the back and kick.
8: Pivot to the Right
PIVOTAL x MONSUN x CAERLEON
Not the most consistent runner, goes off with the longest odds in the field but bagged the G2 Princess of Wales a month ago.
9: Dire Warning
DUBAWI (IRE) x FRANKEL (GB) x DYNAFORMER
Strong pedigree and race record but has struggled at the Grade I level in two past attempts, will his third time be the charm?
10: Special Endeavor
SPECIAL WEEK x OASIS DREAM (GB) x RAINBOW QUEST
Crushed an allowance race in July to stay fresh after winning the G1 Milan Grand Prix at the beginning of the summer.
11: Historical Impact
DEEP IMPACT x SEA THE STARS x MONTJEU
Will start off the pace, a strong finish in May earned him a G2 star at the Grand Prix.
12: Silvano Heights
SILVANO (GER) x SHIRLEY HEIGHTS x KEY TO THE MINT
Grade 1 is a big change in competition from his normal fare, but hasn’t finished outside the top 2 since last September.
13: Back in the Twos
SMART STRIKE x DANEHILL x KRIS S.
The favorite, winner of four out of his past five. Won the Lex Luthor Endurance in New York back in February and was 8th in the Breeder’s Bowl Turf last year.
14: Marechal Lannes
SIYOUNI (FR) x ARCH x RAINBOW QUEST
More accustomed to 16 furlongs than this distance, likes to start up near the front but could get passed late.