06/20/2012 2:20PM

Hastings: Swift brings more Darley stock


VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Swift Thoroughbreds Inc. has given a strong shot in the arm to the horse population at Hastings with 11 horses they recently bought as a package from Darley Stable.

Double It, one of the horses who came in the package, figures to be one of the favorites in the third race at Hastings Friday. The $40,000 optional maiden claiming race for 3-year-olds and up going 6 1/2 furlongs drew nine horses.

Double It is trained by Dino Condelinios, who trains all of Swift’s horses at Hastings.

Swift began their relationship with Darley in 2006 and had immediate success with The Visualiser, who placed in the Grade 3 Canadian Derby. The best horse they received from Darley was Teide, who was the Horse of the Year in British Columbia in 2009. They also won the Grade 3 Premiers with Rosberg, who is currently standing at stud in British Columbia.

Swift is comprised of longtime friends Mark Mache and Horatio Kemeny. Their wives, Naudia Mache and Jackie Kemeny, are equal and active partners in the stable.

“We really cherish our relationship with Darley,” said Mark Mache. “It has been great for us and I think the fans at Hastings appreciate us bringing in horses with the kind of pedigrees they have. We were down in horses, and the horse population at Hastings could use a boost, so we were pleased when Darley offered us the package.”

Mache is hoping there is a “diamond in the rough,” in this year’s group.

“We usually get the horses in the spring or winter, so by the time they run we have a good idea of what we have,” said Mache. “A lot of these have been active, and from what I have seen on paper I don’t think there are any Teides in the group. But you never know. A change of scenery and easier company can do wonders for a horse, so hopefully one of them will blossom here.”

Stratify, a 3-year-old by A.P. Indy out of the Storm Cat mare Burmilla, might be the horse Swift is looking for. He obviously has the pedigree. A.P. Indy was one of the top sires in North America before he was pensioned in 2011. Burmilla won the Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga in 2007.

Stratify is a maiden, but he has been running well while facing some tough 3-year-olds in Southern California. He stumbled at the start when he finished fourth behind Holy Candy in a one-mile maiden special weight race at Santa Anita on March 23. Holy Candy finished fourth in the Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland and third in the Grade 3 Affirmed at Betfair Hollywood Park in his next two starts.

Stratify followed up his good effort behind Holy Candy with a second in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight race at Hollywood Park and then ran an even race when he went 1 1/4 miles in his first try on grass in a maiden special weight race at Hollywood June 3.

Stratify is one of the 54 horses nominated to the Grade 3, $200,000 British Columbia Derby on Sept. 9. His Beyer Speed Figures are comparable to the top money earner nominated, Taylors Deal.

“You just need one good one to pay for the rest,” said Mache. “Stratify certainly has the potential to be a decent horse.”

Swift isn’t about to go broke if none of the Darley horses works out. They are still savoring their win with Desert Blanc in the Grade 1, $500,000 Manhattan on Belmont Day. It was Swift’s first win in a Grade 1 race.

The Swift group wasn’t really planning on being at Belmont for the Manhattan, but when former Hastings jockey Mario Gutierrez won the Preakness aboard I’ll Have Another, their plans changed.

“It was a slam dunk after Mario won the Preakness,” said Mache. “It was kind of surreal. We were so excited about winning the Manhattan and while we were celebrating we could see Mario with I’ll Have Another during the retirement ceremony.”

Swift could be celebrating at Hastings soon. Iscar, a 4-year-old gelding who was part of the package looked good working a half-mile in 48.80 seconds Wednesday morning. He is coming off a win in a $30,000 conditional claiming race at Belmont on May 23, where he received an 85 Beyer Speed Figure.

Barroby credits Burningham

Trainer Frank Barroby was happy with the way Terlani came out of her win in the $50,000 Vancouver Sun for fillies and mares Sunday and said she would be pointing her to the $50,000 Strawberry Morn on July 15.

Barroby gave a lot of credit to the ride by Jeff Burningham for Terlani’s 1 1/2-length win over Overvalued in the 1 1/16-mile race contested over a track labeled wet fast.

“She’s an honest little mare and Jeff rode her perfectly,” said Barroby.

Barroby claimed Terlani on behalf of Sharlea Stable for $12,500 last September. She won a first-level allowance race at Turf Paradise on the turf in January, and when she returned to Hastings she was a sharp horse, winning a $25,000 claiming sprint going six furlongs and then finishing second to Burnin’ Britches in a $35,000 optional race April.

“It happens with a lot of mares,” said Barroby. “They get on a roll and they just keep getting better. She also ran well on turf so I thought she might like the mud.”