Swandre The Giant romps in qualifier in '19 debut
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Swandre The Giant, who won three Indiana Sires Stakes (ISS) finals last year before being sold for a reported $1 million, made his 3-year-old debut on Thursday morning at The Meadows. Now trained by Ron Burke, Swandre The Giant won easily in 1:56.1 with Ricky Macomber Jr. in the sulky.
“He was good,” Macomber told harnessracing.com shortly after directing the colt to the 5 ¾-length win after starting from post 8. “Ronnie (Burke) wanted me to go around (1):56. We could’ve went more and he was solid.”
Swandre The Giant, a son of Swan For All, opened up his career with seven consecutive victories in ISS competition at Harrah’s Hoosier Park for Indiana-based conditioner Brandon Bates. It was following that seventh win on Aug. 25 an agreement was reached with the former owners with agent Ernie Martinez to sell the trotter to Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables and Howard Taylor.
Sent to now-retired trainer Jimmy Takter, Swandre The Giant finished second in his first start for the new connections in a William Wellwood Memorial elimination at Woodbine Mohawk Park with Yannick Gingras driving. In the $308,000 Wellwood final, Swandre The Giant made a break at the three-quarters to fall out of contention.
Swandre The Giant then headed back to Indiana where he won an ISS elim and then his fourth final. He was upset the following week on Oct. 12 in the $220,000 ISS Super final, with the second-place finish bringing his freshman earnings to $255,810.
Macomber said he expects to qualify Swandre The Giant one more time before the colt makes his 3-year-old debut in the opening leg of the ISS on May 30 at Hoosier Park.