10/07/2006 12:00AM

Swen always tries hard


ALBANY, Calif. - Monday's Golden Gate Fields feature is exactly the type of race trainer Billy Morey had in mind when he claimed Swen for $25,000 at Pleasanton over the summer.

Swen drew the outside post in a field of five in a $50,000 optional claimer at one mile.

"I got tired of watching this horse be so darn consistent," Morey said of Swen, a 5-year-old gelding who won by eight the day he was claimed.

After finishing fourth (placed third via disqualification) in his first start for Morey in the Ernest Finley Handicap at Santa Rosa, Swen won a $40,000 claimer at Golden Gate Fields. He went wire-to-wire that day, defeating Prince of Gold, who will line up directly inside him Monday. Dr. Einstein, Megabyte, and Touchdown USC are also entered.

"He's a hard-trying horse," Morey said. "That's the kind you want. They're hard to find and hard to keep because everyone is looking for ones like that."

In his 40-race career, Swen has 10 wins, 7 seconds, and 6 thirds.

Primarily a sprinter earlier in his career, Swen has stretched out successfully, using his speed to take command. He is then able to carry it, especially at the one-mile distance where he has 3 wins and 1 second in 6 starts.

Morey admitted entering Swen in the sprint stakes at Santa Rosa was not originally on the agenda.

"I didn't want to lose him right off the claim," Morey said. He explained that Swen helped fill the race for heavily favored stablemate Stone Rain, who finished second.

"Swen got stopped hard and was moved up to third, but I think he would have been third anyway without the trouble."

Swen's second start for Morey came at a mile for a $40,000 tag. He grabbed the lead and was never headed, pulling away late.

He will try the same tactics on Monday, although Dr. Einstein, who drew the rail and lured Russell Baze away from Swen for this race, has good speed himself.

"I'm glad we drew outside Dr. Einstein," Morey said.

Swen, who gets northern California's top speed rider, Roberto Gonzalez, seems quicker than Dr. Einstein, a 3-year-old who was second earlier this year in the North Beach Stakes here.

* The California Horse Racing Board has reported that Lady Woodman, fifth in the third race at Golden Gate Fields on Sept. 17, tested above the threshold for total carbon dioxide. Lady Woodman is trained by Michael Lenzini. A hearing on the matter has yet to be scheduled.