Grand Swan, the standout trotting mare from the LeWayne Miller Stable, turned in a winning effort in the $12,500 Open 3 Trot at Harrah’s Hoosier Park Saturday, Sept. 5. The four-year-old daughter of Swan for All stopped the timer in 1:53.0 with Miller along for the ride.
Starting from post six, Grand Swan and Miller floated over to the inside track as Perfect Chapter AS and Peter Wrenn set the tempo, passing by the quarter in :27.1, :55.2 and 1:24.0. In the stretch, the field began to seek racing room and Grand Swan had moved up along the outside ready to turn in a big final quarter.
Favored Fiftydallarbill and Trace Tetrick had moved out around the final turn, giving Grand Swan the cover she needed to get in gear down the lane. She trotted home in :27.3 to score the win by a neck over I Know My Chip and Brandon Bates for second. Majestic Marvel and Michael Oosting also closed in late to finish third.
Owned by Never 2 Late Stable, Grand Swan Racing, Bruce Soulsby and Alan Weisenberg, Grand Swan paid $6.00, $3.80, $2.60 across the board as the second choice on the board. It was the second win of the season for Grand Swan, who now has 20 career wins and earnings in excess of $636,000. Her time in the mile was just a tick off of her career best taken earlier this year at The Meadowlands in 1:52.4.
Grand Swan has a yearling half sister by Even Better Odds named Super Queen. She was bred by breeders Joe D. and Daryl D. Yoder of Howe and Shipshewana, Ind. Even Better Odds, who stands in Indiana at Chapel Ridge Farm, has only three registered foals from five mares bred for his first crop that will hit the track in 2021.