Swaggy George: Second Impressive Winner In As Many Days For Freshman Sire Not This Time

by | 05.22.2020 | 5:45pm
Swaggy George gives Not This Time a second winner in as many days

J Stables LLC's Swaggy George ($21.40) drew into Friday's off-the-turf maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds and drew away to an impressive four-length debut victory at Gulfstream Park.

The Antonio Sano-trained colt was the second juvenile winner in two days for freshman stallion Not This Time, a son of Giant's Causeway who finished second in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) before his racing career was halted by injury.

Swaggy George rated well off a moderate pace under Edgard Zayas, advanced inside of horses along the backstretch and on the far turn before making an eye-catching three-wide sweep to the lead on the turn into the homestretch. The Kentucky-bred colt drew away to win Race 2 comfortably over favored Congrats Again. The Sano-trained Espia closed from last in the nine-horse to finish third after a troubled start, a length behind Congrats Again.

“He had a great breeze the other day. I told Edgard that I really liked the horse,” said Sano, whose main-track-only winner ran five furlongs in a minute. “My other horse is also a good horse. I'm happy with him too.”

Hopeful Princess, a debuting daughter of Not This Time, won at Churchill Downs Thursday.

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