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2011 Preakness Profile: Sway Away

Sway Away was 21st on the Kentucky Derby graded earnings list and just missed qualifying for that event. He will have no such problem in Baltimore and looms an interesting Preakness longshot.

The Jeff Bonde trainee has a long winded pedigree but sports the look of a late running sprinter. His short juvenile campaign consisted of a five furlong maiden win at Pleasanton and a place finish behind J P’s Gusto in the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar last summer.

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He almost ran down The Factor in his San Vicente return and The Factor and Premier Pegasus both came out of that race to capture graded routes. Unfortunately for Sway Away, he lost a tooth in the Rebel Stakes and failed to get involved.

Sway Away fared better in the Arkansas Derby but he raced wide and moved too soon in a better than appears 4th place finish.

He turned in one of the fastest Derby week works with a six furlong bullet in 1:111.60 on the first Saturday in May and breezed the same distance in 1:13.60 on May 14.  He projects a mid-pack type trip under Garrett Gomez in the Preakness and is an interesting player if he can handle the added real estate.