Nick Alexander’s homebred fillies Connie Swingle (Grazen) and Carmen Miranda (Stanford) finished 1-2 in the $102,000 Generous Portion Stakes for 2-year-old California-breds going six furlongs over the main track at Del Mar.
Connie Swingle, who was favored, came out of post twelve in front. Taken hold by Giovanni Franco, she settled into a stalking position down the backstretch. She drew closer around the turn and took the lead with a furlong to run. Continuing to the wire powerfully, she opened up to win by three and one-quarter lengths from the rallying Carmen Miranda. She finished up in a final time of 1:10.89.
“Phil (trainer D’Amato) told me to play the break and get a good spot with her,” said Franco. “We did that. She was running nice and easy and when we got to the turn, I think she was playing with them (other horses). When we straightened out in the lane she just went. She’s very talented.”
“I think she showed her class down the lane, said D’Amato. “That’s a very respectable time for Cal-bred 2-year-old fillies. I think she’ll run on and the same for (runner-up) Carmen Miranda (whom he also trains). I think she’s just kind of dying for two turns. On to Santa Anita.”
Connie Swingle has won two of her three starts and she takes her career earnings to $108,000. She is a full sister to multiple stakes winners S Y Sky and Grazen Sky. They were all produced by the Sky Mesa mare, Sky Marni.