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 Swaps

Swaps

Birth
California, USA
Death 3 Nov 1972 (aged 20)
Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Walk of Fame
Memorial ID 8148063 · View Source
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California bred champion race horse. In his short three year racing career, Swaps had only twenty five starts but finished first nineteen times and out of the money but once. His only Eastern appearence was the Kentucky Derby which he won with Willie Shoemaker aboard in 1955. The following year, this amazing animal was declared horse of the year. He was constantly plagued by hoof injuries but still ran while hurt. Swaps was put to sleep during retirement at Spendthrift farm in Kentucky and was buried here. Fourteen years later his remains were reinterred in the garden of the Kentucky Derby Museum along the Walk of Fame were he joined two other Derby winners: Brokers Tip & Carry Back. His grave is barely 100 yards from the finish line of his greatest victory.

Bio by: Donald Greyfield


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Donald Greyfield
  • Added: 2 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8148063
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Swaps (1 Mar 1952–3 Nov 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8148063, citing Churchill Downs Derby Museum Garden, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .