The $150,000 Swynford Stakes for 2-year-old thoroughbreds at Woodbine Racetrack has had its share of winners who went on to become Classic Champion Thoroughbreds.
Mine That Bird won the Swynford last year and he won this year’s Kentucky Derby. Sunny’s Halo won the Swynford in 1982 and he went on the win the 1983 Kentucky Derby. Touch Gold won the 1997 Belmont Stakes and he finished second to Holzmeister in the 1996 running of the Swynford.
Today, Vandal Stakes winner Ghost Fleet heads a field of five entered in the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes. Trained by Sid Attard, Ghost Fleet is the even-money morning line favorite. Attard is looking for his first Swynford win and he brings Ghost Fleet into the race off a disappointing sixth-place finish on the turf.
Trainer Graham Motion ships Turf Melody in from a third-place finish in the seven-furlong Spectacular Bid Stakes at Arlington. Turf Melody, the 3-1 second choice, gets the services of Patrick Husbands who has won the Swynford three times.
Jenny’s So Great (6-1) is the only filly entered in the Swynford. Jenny’s So Great gets the services of Emile Ramsammy who also has won the Swynford three times.
Starting from post two, Suffoncified (7-2) was previously ridden by Ramsammy in his last two wins and will pick up the services of Eurico Da Silva for the Swynford.
Clear Turbulence (8-1) switches to the main track from the turf. Clear Turbulence is still a maiden and comes into the race with two fifth-place finishes.