Swandre The Giant sold for "seven digits"
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Ernie Martinez, who brokered the deal that brought Down Under star pacer Lazarus N to North America and put together the group that bought the trotter Tactical Landing as a yearling for $800,000, told The Horseman Friday morning that he has reached an agreement to purchase the undefeated Indiana-based 2-year-old colt trotter Swandre The Giant.
Martinez bought Lazarus N on behalf of Taylor Made Stallions and now he is purchasing Swandre The Giant for Adam and Chris Bowden's Diamond Creek Farm, Jerry Silva and Howard Taylor. While Martinez declined to give an exact price for the freshman trotter, he did say it was in the "seven digits" range.
Just as Lazarus N went to New Jersey-based trainer Jimmy Takter, so too will Swandre The Giant.
"He'll be in Takter's barn in Canada tomorrow morning," said Martinez. "He is a hell of a horse."
Swandre The Giant is a perfect seven-for-seven this year while in the barn of trainer Brandon Bates, who has also been driving the son of Swan For All. Three of his victories—including a career-best 1:54.2 on July 31 at Hoosier Park—have come in Indiana Sires Stakes (ISS) finals. His immaculate slate has resulted in $148,900 in earnings for the now-former owners Panic Stable, Terry Ehardt, Brian Hochman and Richard Barone.
A son of Swan For All, Swandre The Giant was a $17,000 yearling purchase at the 2017 Hoosier Classic Sale by TheStable.ca’s Anthony MacDonald who broke the trotter at his base at the Timoko Training Center in Ontario. Swandre The Giant is out of the Valley Victor mare Adagio, who blossomed from a zero-for-10 freshman season in 2010 into a $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes champion in 2011, finishing her career with $216,330 in earnings and a mark of 1:57.
Martinez said Swandre The Giant will make his next start in the William Wellwood Memorial eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 8 (final on Sept. 15). As a result, Swandre The Giant will miss the fourth leg of ISS action at Hoosier Park, which has directly conflicting dates. Martinez said Swandre The Giant could then return to Indiana for the fifth leg on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. He said Swandre The Giant would likely race in the $200,000 ISS Super Final on Oct. 12.
Swandre The Giant is also eligible to the Breeders Crown at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, which has elims on Oct. 19 and final on Oct. 27.
"He could make all those starts," said Martinez.--By Gordon Waterstone