Swan’s Maid added another win to credentials in her final race of 2022 at Dover Downs Tuesday, Dec. 27. The Indiana sired mare trotted home convincingly in 1:55.4 on the cold night in Delaware.
Swan’s Maid and driver Art Stafford Jr. had no choice but to allow the race to unfold in front of them when the gate folded. They began from the second tier and got away near the back of the pack in the $15,000 higher conditioned trot. Ilbeneedinstitches and Allan Davis rallied out from the outside to secure the top spot and lead the field through the quarter in :27.4. Heading into the clubhouse turn, Swan’s Maid tipped to the outside to begin her descent on the leaders but stalled, allowing Shes All Woman and Victor Kirby the space to also move out.
Swan’s Maid pinned her ears back and was ready for the challenge. She followed She’s All Woman to the top two spots and slid in behind her around the final turn before popping back out and rolling right on by in the stretch, winning by two and one-half lengths well under wraps. Shes All Woman finished second over Kilauea and Ros Wolfenden for third.
Swan’s Maid paid $5.20 for the win. The Swan for All four-year-old mare is owned by Nanticoke Racing Inc. and C. Cain of Delaware. Les Givens trains the mare who was raised by Mast Standardbreds.
Swan’s Maid completes 2022 with three wins in 10 starts and a new career best time of 1:55.1 taken at Dover in early November. Overall, the mare has nine wins and more than $78,000 in earnings.
Swan’s Maid began her career at Harrah’s Hoosier Park under the direction of the Joe Putnam Stable, breaking her maiden at the start of her three-year-old campaign. She changed hands to the Les Givens Stable for her four-year-old year and has raced at both Harrah’s Philadelphia and Dover Downs.
From the mare Barmaid, Swan’s Maid is the fourth foal and one of six that have raced out of six of racing age. She is a full sister to Martini Show, who has a mark of 1:53.4 and more than $300,000 in earnings. She was one of 67 that sold at public auction by Indiana’s top trotting sire Swan for All in 2019, bringing $32,000 through the ring at the Hoosier Classic Yearling Sale.