Swiss Skydiver Rerouting to Santa Anita Oaks

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Swiss Skydiver | Coady

Recent GIII Fantasy S. winner Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil), previously considered for a run in the G1 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in England June 6, will instead stay Stateside and point to the GI Santa Anita Oaks the same day, trainer Ken McPeek said on Twitter Sunday. McPeek cited logistical concerns and a purse reduction among the reasons he’s choosing to keep his pupil in America for her next start. The Peter Callahan colorbearer worked a half-mile over the Keeneland turf in :51 flat (8/9) Saturday.

“She handled her turf workout fine but logistics for Newmarket won’t work,” McPeek said. “Purse change, cost, can’t send staff–all factors. Such a great race, perhaps another season.”

Prior to her 16-1 upset of the Fantasy, Swiss Skydiver earned her first stakes win with a wire-to-wire score in the GII Gulfstream Park Oaks. She was ranked at the top of Bill Finley’s most recent TDN Kentucky Oaks Top 12 list.

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