(Swiss Skydiver dominates in the G1 Beholder Mile at Santa Anita on Saturday / Benoit Photo & Courtesy of Santa Anita)
From the Santa Anita Media Team
Robby Albarado — Swiss Skydiver (1st):
“Being on the inside, circumstances dictate that you need to get away clean to get some kind of a forward position. I knew we had speed in the race but if I could get her in position, get her to clip off twelves every eighth she comes home pretty fast. Pretty much up the backside, every point I felt like she was right there with me the whole way. She was taking deep breaths around there. When I finally gave her some room there she took off. It was all her, I was just a passenger.
“She’s been phenomenal, she’s been great since the day one when I set eyes on her. Kenny has done an exceptional job coming here, from across the country to get her a Grade I. I thought it was a good bunch of horses, fillies and mares, great trainers and jockeys. I look forward for the rest of the year with her.”
Ken McPeek — Swiss Skydiver:
“Yes, she met expectations, but you never know. The distance for me was a little bit of a worry because of the run into the first turn. But Robbie does know her so well, to get her in 12s (for each eighth of a mile), just get her in a nice rhythm and let her make her run. You know, you can’t force anything with her, and if you go too fast early, she will wilt a little bit. She like cruises through everything, even when she gallops. The feed tub’s the biggest deal with her. I’ve never had a horse, colt or filly, eat like she does. It just makes my job so much easier.
NEXT RACE? “Maybe the Apple Blossom, maybe the La Troeinne, one of those two…She’s just really good, maybe we’ll go hunt Monomoy Girl now, we’ll see.”
Trish Callahan — Swiss Skydiver:
“It’s been absolutely incredible. So much joy with the whole last year’s situation we weren’t able to go to a lot of the races but we’d watch her and we cheered her on with Kenny and Sherrie. I’m just so proud of her. ‘Swissy’, we call her Swissy, named after my niece of course, so they are all cheering on today. I wish my dad could have been here but I happened to be here and it all worked out. I’m so proud of my dad, so proud of Swissy and Kenny and his team. It’s just meant the world to us this past year. We can’t wait to see what this year brings because she’s not done yet, she wants to run. She’s just getting started.