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Top US Colts To Clash In Swale Stakes

Friday, 28th February 2014

In its early years, the Gr2 Swale Stakes (1400m) was considered a major Kentucky Derby prep with the list of 3YOs to have won or placed including names such as Chief's Crown, Seeking the Gold, Easy Goer, and Summer Squall. It has been a while since the Swale has had any real influence on the Derby, but that may change on Saturday when Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Havana opens his classic season at Gulfstream Park against six rivals, including the unbeaten No Nay Never, reports drf.com. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Havana won the Gr1 Champagne Stakes last October at Belmont Park before finishing second behind New Year's Day in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, while No Nay Never is unbeaten in three outings, including a last-start win in the Gr1 Prix Morny in France. "We just wanted to freshen him up a little bit after the Breeders' Cup and we got behind schedule a touch, but we've been able to make up some ground with a solid work pattern over the past month or so," Pletcher told thoroughbreddailynews.com. "His fitness level looks good. I think he's coming up to it well." The race promises to be an intriguing affair, with both horses campaigned by owners affiliated with global breeding and racing powerhouse Coolmore. While No Nay Never may not be Kentucky Derby-bound, the outstanding colt will be using Saturday's race as a prep race for another European campaign aimed at the Gr1 St James's Palace Stakes at royal Ascot. His trainer Wesley Ward says the 3YO son of Scat Daddy is in the best shape of his career, and can't wait to get him back to the races.

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