E. Paul Robsham Stables' homebred Travelin Man made his move to the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to a comfortable two-length victory in Sunday's Grade 2 Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Ridden by John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt was heavily-favored at 2-5 among five three-year-old rivals and earned his first graded stakes win in the seven-furlong, $150,000 event. A 7 1/4-length debut winner on January 6, Travelin Man was exiting a second in the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes on February 26 and has now earned $143,100 from a 3-2-1-0 career line.
Longshot Razmataz flashed to the front at the start and was tracked by Travelin Man in second through opening splits in :23 and :46 2/5. The pacesetter tried to withstand the heavy favorite in upper stretch, but Travelin Man was under a hand ride and asserted himself approaching the eighth-pole. He stopped the teletimer in 1:21 4/5 on the fast track.
Travelin Man paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. Indiano rallied to get up by a head for runner-up honors and was followed under the finish line by Little Drama, Razmataz and Megalith.
A son of Trippi, Travelin Man is the first foal to race out of the winning Gone West mare West Side Dancer and counts as a half-sibling the two-year-old colt Discreet Dancer and a 2010 filly, both by Discreet Cat. This is the immediate female family of European champion older horse and five-time Group 1 hero Duke of Marmalade; multiple Grade 2 winner Bite the Bullet; and Grade 3 vixen and Grade 1-placed Madison's Charm.
Travelin Man's fourth maternal dam, Lassie Dear, produced 1992 Broodmare of the Weekend Surprise, whose is famously known as the dam of 1992 Horse of the Year and noted sire A.P. Indy and 1990 Preakness winner Summer Squall.