Peter J. Callahan's reigning Eclipse champion 3-year-old filly Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil–Expo Gold, by Johannesburg) will be offered at Fasig-Tipton's The November Sale, also known as the Night of the Stars, according to a press release from trainer Kenny McPeek. Runnymede Farm will serve as agent. Swiss Skydiver is currently out of training after finishing off the board in the Aug. 28 GI Personal Ensign S.
“It's been an honor to train her over the last three years,” said McPeek. “She's sound and healthy. Her owner, Peter Callahan, and I thought she deserved a little rest from racing. She's a classy filly, a sincere pleasure. She has the heart of a true champion and gave her all. She's an exceptional horse–one of those rare horses you don't see very often.”
During her championship season, Swiss Skydiver won the GI Preakness S. in a battle over eventual Horse of the Year and GI Kentucky Derby winner Authentic (Into Mischief). The chestnut is one of only six fillies to win that jewel of the Triple Crown. At three, she also captured the GI Alabama S., GII Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Park Oaks, the GII Santa Anita Oaks, and the GIII Fantasy S. in addition to finishing second in both the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks and the GII Toyota Blue Grass S., the latter against the boys.
Swiss Skydiver began this year with a win in the GI Beholder Mile S., but finished third in the GI Apple Blossom H. behind Letruska (Super Saver) and Monomoy Girl (Taptizar). A barn quarantine changed her summer schedule, but she reemerged against males again in the GI Whitney S. and came away fourth behind Knicks Go (Paynter). She was last seen again behind Letruska in the aforementioned Personal Ensign. Overall, Swiss Skydiver has a record of 16-7-3-2 and earnings of $2,216,480.
“It's the right time to let her move into her next chapter,” said Callahan. “A once-in-a-lifetime horse, she gave me and my family everything we could have possibly dreamed of and more, the biggest thrills we've had in this business so far. I just can't say enough good things about her. We're looking forward to seeing great things from Swiss Skydiver in her next chapter.”
Also from the McPeek barn, both Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map–Indian Burn, by Indian Charlie) and Simply Ravishing (Laoban–Four Wishes, by More Than Ready) will also be offered at The November Sale Night of the Stars. Crazy Beautiful, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, is a triple graded stakes winner and Grade I-placed. Her year has included wins in the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks, GII Summertime Oaks, and GIII Delaware Oaks. She was also last seen at Saratoga, finishing off the board behind Malathaat (Curlin) in the GI Alabama S.
Simply Ravishing, who campaigned in partnership for Harold Lerner LLC, Magdalena Racing, and Nehoc Stables, won the GI Darley Alcibiades S. as well as Saratoga's P. G. Johnson S. last year. Her 2021 campaign has been limited with only two starts, neither of which yielded the type of fruit seen in her 2-year-old campaign.
Crazy Beautiful will be offered at Fasig-Tipton by Denali Stud, agent, and Simply Ravishing will be offered by Gainesway, agent.