By Kelsey Riley
Swipe (Birdstone) has become the first Swedish-based stallion to be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup. As such, all foals by Swipe will be automatically nominated to the Breeders’ Cup.
Swipe was North America’s second-highest rated 2-year-old of 2015 behind only Nyquist (Uncle Mo), to whom he ran second four times, including three times in Grade I company. One of those was the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Swipe, who was bred by Lou Oppenheim, stands at Ivan Sjoberg’s Ravdansen Stud for $2,000. Oppenheim’s husband, pedigree expert Bill Oppenheim, said, “Sweden has a lot of dirt racing, and breeders need to have every opportunity open to them to market their horses. Ivan has quite a few mares with dirt pedigrees and from American families, including the dam of last year’s Svensk Derby second Ramstein, who is by Summer Bird, like Swipe a son of Birdstone. We agreed that nominating Swipe to the Breeders’ Cup would give Scandinavian breeders a shot at the American market, since when selling a horse to America having Breeders’ Cup eligibility is a big plus. Also Lou and I are breeding a mare to Swipe ourselves and Ravdansen is supporting him strongly, so we might well decide to send his produce to race there ourselves.”