Maywood Park (11/17/11)
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SWINGING BEAUTY LOOKS TO MAKE THE MOST OF VISIT TO THE WINDY CITY
Fresh off a thrilling come-from-behind victory in the $135,000 American National Stake at Balmoral Park last Saturday night, William Switala and James Martin’s Swinging Beauty will look to make it two in a row on the Chicago circuit when she leads a field of nine sophomore pacing fillies postward for Friday’s $70,000 Cinderella Stake. Despite drawing a starting spot in the second tier, the daughter of Art Major has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite for Friday’s tussle.
|Swinging Beauty winning the American National 3yo filly pace|
Despite being small in stature the Gregg McNair-trained miss showed the grit and determination that has helped her bank more than $442,000 in her 33-race career in that American National victory as she overcame a speed-favoring bias to rally from well off the pace, getting up in the final strides to win by a head in 1:54.1 with Peter Wrenn at the controls.
“She really felt good the entire mile and despite getting away where we did I was pretty confident the whole way,” said Wrenn after the Am Nat victory. “She never ever stopped digging in throughout the entire stretch drive and even though we were heading right into the teeth of a wicked headwind, I never doubted that she was going to get there.”
The win also impressed her Canadian-based conditioner who had some concerns about his filly after the long trip to Chicago.
“I was really ecstatic about the way she raced in the American National because it’s such a long ship from where we are in Canada down to Chicago,” said a beaming McNair. “We didn’t arrive until the day before the race and it felt like she just walked off the trailer and into the winner’s circle.”
By this time there is not much that Swinging Beauty can do that surprises her connections. A winner of a Jugette elimination on the half-mile oval in Delaware, Ohio Swinging Beauty returned to finish a bang up third behind the highly regarded Idyllic in the final on “Jug day.”
“She’s always acted like she’s a big horse from the time we put her on the track,” said McNair. “She can get pretty aggressive leaving the gate but she’ll also relax when you put her in a hole. She really seems to be at her best when she’s chasing horses and she just seems to love to pass them which is what you saw from her in that American National win.”
A $40,000 purchase as a yearling at the 2009 Harrisburg sale, Swinging Beauty has turned out to be quite an investment for her connections. Despite winning just once in 13 tries as a two-year-old, she still managed to earn almost $73,000. This year she has been a virtual ATM machine for all involved, posting an ultra-impressive record of four wins, five seconds and seven thirds in 20 starts while adding another $370,086 to her bankroll.
Doug McNair, the son of trainer Gregg McNair and one of the sports rising young stars, will handle the driving duties and the youngster proved last year that these big nights do not faze him as he guided Aracache Hanover to victory in the Windy City Pace.