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Swain (horse)

Sire Nashwan
Dam Love Smitten
Grandsire Blushing Groom
Damsire Key To The Mint
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1992
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Owner Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Godolphin Stables (1997-)
Trainer André Fabre
Saeed bin Suroor (1997-)
Record 22: 10-4-6
Earnings $3,797,566
Swain is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Love Smitten by Nashwan. He was born around 1992 in Ireland, and was bred by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Major wins
Prix du Lys (1995)
Grand Prix de Deauville (1995)
Coronation Cup (1996)
Prix Foy (1996)
K. George VI & Q. Elizabeth Stakes (1997, 1998)
Irish Champion Stakes (1998)
European Top Older Horse (1998)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 7, 2007

Swain (foaled February 12, 1992) is a European Thoroughbred racehorse bred in Ireland. From the mare Love Smitten, he was sired by Nashwan. His grandsire was Blushing Groom, a son of Nasrullah from Nearco and his damsire Key To The Mint, a son of Graustark, was the 1972 U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt.

At age three, Swain raced for the Godolphin Stables in France where he won two conditions races including the Grand Prix de Deauville and was third to Lammtarra in record time in the 1995 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The following year, Swain was second to Helissio in the 1996 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, won the Prix Foy, and in England, defeated Singspiel to win the Coronation Cup. Shipped to North America for the 1996 Breeders' Cup Turf at Woodbine Racetrack, Swain finished third behind Pilsudski and Singspiel.

Back on the track at age five in 1997, Swain defeated both Pilsudski and Helissio to win the 1997 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. He came back in 1998 to repeat as the winner, making him at age six the oldest horse to win the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the first back-to-back winner since Dahlia in 1973/74. He also won the 1998 Irish Champion Stakes but finished second in that year's Coronation Cup and second to Silver Charm in Dubai World Cup. Sent to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic, Swain wound up his racing career with a third place finish to Awesome Again and Silver Charm.

After earning $3,797,566 in racing, Swain was retired to stud duty and currently stands at Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.



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