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Swale Draws Seven Headlined by Daredevil


Daredevil finally gets his sophomore season under way in Saturday’s Fasig-Tipton Swale Stakes.

The race comes 17 weeks after Daredevil suffered his first career loss in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenxile.
“We gave him a little freshening after the Breeders’ Cup, and this is kind of where we found ourselves, timing-wise,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “It was mainly the timing, and I thought that seven-eighths of a mile would be a good starting point for him. It wasn’t a complicated decision or anything like that.”

Daredevil was one of the leading Triple Crown contenders heading into the Breeders’ Cup, having cruised to a 6 1/4-length victory in his debut, followed up with a 2 1/2-length triumph over Upstart in the Champagne Stakes, both over off tracks at Belmont Park.

Breaking from the far outside as the second choice in a field of 11 for the Juvenile, Daredevil raced wide, never was in contention and wound up last.
“I’m not really sure what happened,” Pletcher said. “He got a wide trip on a track that probably wasn’t playing that way, and he had had three races in a short period of time. He’s a very talented horse. He showed that in his first two starts last year, and he’s come back and trained very well.”

Daredevil had four works this month at Palm Beach Downs, the last three of them bullets. Regular rider Javier Castellano will be aboard from post 1 at topweight of 123 pounds.

“He’s a very efficient mover and just has a terrific action to him,” Pletcher said. “We’ll see how this race goes and probably try to stretch him out in the next start and play that by ear. We’ll get by this race and take it one race at a time and go from there.”

Challengers includw multiple stakes winner Souper Colossal, who's looking for his first graded stake win. The Ed Plesa, Jr. traineee opened his 3-year-old season with a victory in the five-furlong Texas Glitter on turf Feb. 7 at the track

“It was either don’t run him and come back in a seven-eighths of a mile race, or go ahead and get him a little bit sharper and run him on a surface that he doesn’t know and hasn’t been on but should like,” Plesa said. “We just figured it would put him in a better place for later on in the year including this race coming up.”

Initially racing in the shadow of his talented stablemate Mr. Jordan, who's just returned to the worktab aftetr a ligament injury suffered in December, Souper Colossal opened his career with three straight wins including the Tyro and Sapling stakes at Monmouth Park. He stumbled at the start and dueled for the early lead before fading to seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

“I’m looking for him to win and move forward. I think he’s a top-grade 3-year-old, and he’s won going short and going long. I don’t know what his best distance is yet. I don’t think seven-eighths of a mile is going to be any problem whatsoever,” Plesa said. “He just needs to get fit and see how good he is.”

Joel Rosario, up in the Texas Glitter, gets a return call from post 5.

Trainer Jorge Navarro, second to Pletcher in the meet standings, seeks his first graded stakes victory of the winter with X Y Jet. The speedy son of Kantharos has one win in eight career starts but has finished second five times and third once. He has four seconds in five lifetime tries at Gulfstream.

Beaten a neck in the Pasco Stakes on Dec. 27 at Tampa Bay Downs, X Y Jet was second by a half-length to Barbados in Gulfstream’s Hutcheson on Jan. 24.
“He’s training excellent. The horse is doing really good,” Navarro said. “He’s a nice horse, and he’s very fast. He’s one of my horses in the barn that’s training really, really good.”
Hutcheson rider Edgard Zayas will be back aboard from post 7.

Twotwentyfive A makes his seventh straight stakes start and first in graded company in the Swale. Trained by Stanley Gold, he most recently finished off the board in the Jan. 24 Kitten’s Joy, his turf debut.

In his only try at seven furlongs, the colt captured the Florida Stallion Affirmed Stakes last fall at Gulfstream. Jockey Rafael Hernandez will ride for the first time from post 4.

Grand Bili, a debut winner on Feb, 1 at Gulfstream; Ready for Rye, off since his runner-up finish in the Jan. 3 Spectacular Bid; and stakes-placed Senor Grits, a January allowance winner in Tampa, round out the field.

The 30th running of the seven-furlong Swale is the second of three stakes for 3-year-olds on the 12-race program, along with the Herecomesthebride for fillies and the Palm Beach for boys, both at 1 1/16 mile on turf.

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