06/17/2005 11:00PM

Opening Verse: Swinger gets ideal trip

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Senor Swinger ($6.20) got a terrific trip under Brice Blanc to repeat as champion of the $111,200 . The victory was the fifth in eight starts over the Churchill turf course for Senor Swinger, a 5-year-old gray trained by Bob Baffert.

Senor Swinger, owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, finished ahead of late-running G P Fleet, the 9-5 favorite in a field of eight older turf horses. After saving ground on both turns, Blanc angled out in early stretch for what proved to be the winning drive. The winning time was 1:42.07 for 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Senor Swinger ended a pick six that returned $1,158.40 for a winning $2 ticket. He also ended a $2 pick four worth $398.40; the pick four pool, guaranteed at $250,000, attracted a handle of $362,768.