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Swale (horse)

Sire Seattle Slew
Dam Tuerta
Grandsire Bold Reasoning
Damsire Forli
Gender Colt
Foaled April 21, 1981
Country United States
Color Dark Bay/Brown
Breeder Claiborne Farm
Owner Claiborne Farm
Silks: Orange, Orange Cap
Trainer Woody Stephens
Record 14: 9-2-2
Earnings $1,583,660
Swale is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Tuerta by Seattle Slew. He was born on April 21, 1981 in the United States, and was bred by Claiborne Farm.
Major wins

Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1983)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1983)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1983)
Young America Stakes (1983)
Hutcheson Stakes (1984)
Florida Derby (1984)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1984)
Belmont Stakes (1984)
U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old Colt (1984)
Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame (1985)
Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)

Swale (April 21, 1981 – June 17, 1984) was an American thoroughbred racehorse. A son of the 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, Swale was trained by Woody Stephens and ridden by Laffit Pincay, Jr., both now members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Swale's dam, the stakes winning, Tuerta, was born with one eye. Her name means "one-eyed" in Spanish.

Swale won the Florida Derby en route to winning the Kentucky Derby, [1] finished seventh in the Preakness Stakes then came back to win the longest and most gruelling of the U.S. Triple Crown races, the Belmont Stakes. [2]

On June 17, 1984, eight days after the Belmont Stakes, Swale collapsed and died enroute to his stall following a bath. [3] He was buried at Claiborne Farm.

Swale posthumously received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male Horse for 1984. He earned $1,583,660 during his two-year racing career.

The Swale Stakes, an annual Grade II stakes race for three-year-olds at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, was named in his honor.

Pedigree of Swale
Seattle Slew
Bold Reasoning Boldnesian Bold Ruler
Reason To Earn Hail To Reason
Sailing Home
My Charmer Poker Round Table
Fair Charmer Jet Action
Myrtle Charm
Forli Aristophanes Hyperion
Trevisa Advocate
Continue Double Jay Balladier
Courtesy Nasrullah
Highway Code


  1. Swale's Kentucky Derby chart
  2. Montreal Gazette - June 11, 1974
  3. Racing With Death - The Saga of Swale Daly, Michael in New York Magazine - August 6, 1984


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