Swiss Skydiver To Target Santa Anita Oaks Rather Than 1,000 Guineas

Winner of the loaded Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park last out, the talented 3-year-old filly Swiss Skydiver had been under consideration for the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on June 7. The British Horseracing Authority, which shut down racing on March 17 in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, announced last week that racing would resume on June 1 and that foreign-trained entrants would be allowed to participate in Group 1 races like the 1,000 Guineas.

However, a change in the purse and the fact that trainer Ken McPeek wouldn’t be able to send his stable staff with the star filly have forced a change in plans.

McPeek posted on Twitter Monday that Swiss Skydiver, a 3-year-old daughter of Daredevil, will now target the June 6 Santa Anita Oaks instead. The filly did work on the turf at Keeneland Saturday, making it through a half-mile in 51 seconds flat, but McPeek wrote that the logistics of the overseas trip were just too difficult to overcome.

Swiss Skydiver will go to @santaanitapark for the Oaks, June 6. She handled her turf workout fine but logistics for @NewmarketRace won’t work. Purse change, cost, can’t send staff -all factors. Such a great race perhaps another season

— Kenny McPeek (@KennyMcPeek) May 17, 2020

Also the winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks, Swiss Skydiver upset the Fantasy over heavy favorite Venetian Harbor at odds of 16-1, enduring a stretch-long battle and finally going clear to win by 2 1/2 lengths at the wire. The win put her on top the standings for the rescheduled Kentucky Oaks, with 210 points toward the Sept. 4 classic.

Swiss Skydiver, a $35,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale, has won three of her six career starts for earnings of $437,980.

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