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Swiss Skydiver to Run in the Breeders' Cup Classic

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Anything the boys can do; she can do better. SWISS SKYDIVER, the amazing filly who bested a field of colts to win this year's Preakness Stakes, is one of the contenders scheduled to race in the Breeders' Cup. She'll be running on Saturday, November 7, in the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic. The boys have plenty to worry about, since the $6 million race is open to the best qualifiers, including SWISS SKYDIVER.

 

Throughout her racing career, SWISS SKYDIVER has risen from one challenge to another. The three-year-old has posted 11 starts. She has recorded six wins, three places, and one show. Her lifetime earnings amount to $1,792,980, and she has amassed an amazing 48 graded stakes points.

 

The filly has definitely peaked at just the right moment. She enters the Breeders' Cup series on the strength of her triumph at the Preakness Stakes—leaving the gate an 11-1 underdog and holding off the highly favored 7-5 AUTHENTIC.

 

SWISS SKYDIVER began her 2020 campaign with wins in three straight graded stakes. She began with an upset win at the Fasig-Tipton Grade II Stakes at Gulfstream. With 9-1 odds against her, she distanced 11 foes for the victory. Her next race was the Grade III Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn. Once again, she was underestimated, going off at 16-1 before dashing the hopes of 13 rivals, besting the highly touted Venetian Harbor by 2-1/2 lengths.

 

By the time of her third race of the year, no one was underestimating any more. She was a 3-5 favorite in the Santa Anita Oaks. Leading wire-to-wire and making her a horse of real interest in the important race coming up later in the year.

 

In July, she lined up against the boys, running in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. Against 12 colts, the filly battled to the wire, losing to the vaunted Art Collector. Next came her big test in the Preakness, where she showed her true mettle in showing up all the colts.

 

Many would say the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic is the defining horserace of the year. A total of 14 qualifying starters will line up at Keeneland for a 1-1/4 mile run on the dirt track. While SWISS SKYDIVER has had four jockeys this year, the rider scheduled to be in the irons is Robby Albarado, as prepped by trainer Kenneth McPeek. She won't be favored, which is when she is most likely to win.


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