‘She’s An Eating Machine’: Swiss Skydiver Exits Alabama In Good Order

Peter Callahan’s Swiss Skydiver, trained by Ken McPeek, was in good order the morning after a triumphant effort in the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which added 100 qualifying points to her ledger en route to the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks on Friday, September 4, at Churchill Downs.

“She’s happy and playing with all the visitors coming by and was happy to go out and eat some grass. She cleaned her feed tub up like she always does. She’s an eating machine,” said McPeek’s assistant Britt Stoddard.

The 3-year-old daughter of Daredevil was an easy 3 1/2-length winner of the 1 1/4-mile event for sophomore fillies over the main track and was wrapped up by jockey Tyler Gaffalione in the final eighth of a mile. The impressive score garnered a career-best 102 Beyer Speed Figure. In victory, Swiss Skydiver secured an automatic berth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff on November 7 at Keeneland Race Course.

McPeek, who won the 2018 Alabama with Eskimo Kisses, Swiss Skydiver is atop the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard with 350 points. She arrived at the Alabama off a game runner-up finish against colts in the Grade 2 Blue Grass on July 11 at Keeneland.

All four of Swiss Skydiver’s graded stakes triumphs have taken place over different tracks in winning the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 28, the Grade 3 Fantasy on May 1 at Oaklawn Park and the Grade 2 Santa Anita Oaks on June 2.

Stoddard said she relishes the opportunity to be able to spend so much time with the talented filly.

“I got to know her in Kentucky by helping out in the barn, but up here I do everything for her,” Stoddard said. “She’s classy, she’s kind and she has kind of a sense of humor. She’s just really easy to be around.”

Swiss Skydiver, who won her career debut at the historic Louisville oval last September, will attempt to become the first filly to win the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama since Princess of Sylmar in 2013.

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Swiss Skydiver is out of the Johannesburg broodmare Expo Gold and was purchased by McPeek for $35,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the Select Sales consignment.

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