Sunday, April 3, 2011

Swale Stakes Racing Roundup

Todd Pletcher won the Swale Stakes (G2) in 2000 with Trippi and he’s looking for another win the $150,000 stakes race when he sends Travelin Man to the starting gate today as the 4-5 morning line favorite.

Travelin Man should be tough in the Swale. He won his maiden debut in January by and impressive 7¼-lengths and came back in February with a second-place finish in the Hutcheson Stakes (G2) to the speedy Flashpoint who is running in the Florida Derby (G1).

Since then, Travelin Man has had two sharp work outs including a bullet on March 21 and he should be ready to run another good race.

A long shot I like is Megalith (8-1) who comes into the race with a 1½-length win in the OBS Sprint at the Ocala Training Center last month. Here’s the chart call: MEGALITH was unhurried early, angled out four wide after a half then closed fast along the outside to be up in time.

Megalith covered the 6-furlongs in 1:09.60 with jockey Rajiv Maragh in the saddle and he retains the mount for today’s race.

Trippi is also the sire of Megalith. A sharp work out March 28 and I look for Megalith to be closing at the finish.

Panamanian import Indiano (3-1) is a seasoned colt and he comes into the Swale with an impressive 5-1-0 record in six starts.

Indiano narrowly lost by a half-length his American debut in a sprint race last month at Gulfstream Park. Indiano covered the 6-furlongs in 1:09.37 and earned a 98 Brisnet Speed Figure for that effort.

Indiano has room for improvement off of his debut and I look for him to be competitive in the Swale Stakes.

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