1989 dkb/br. h
Smile - Bright Sun by Quack
Trained by John & Kathleen Manning
Lifetime: Starts 81, Wins 8
History: The 17-year-old son of Smile, "Swannie" is perhaps our most deserving retiree. The hardest of hard knockers, he managed 8 wins in 81 lifetime starts but had 16 places and 15 shows and earnings of $64,715.
Swannie's last race, at 15, came on August 11, 2004. He is primarily sponsored by novelist Leslie Epstein, Head of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at Boston University, even though our Swan is missing one of Proust's Swann's "n's." Leslie's father and uncle, Philip G. and Julius J. Epstein, wrote "Casablanca," among other movies; his son, Theo, is the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox; his daughter, Anya, was the head writer and a producer of "Homicide: Life on the Street" and his son-in-law, Dan Futterman, was nominated for an Oscar for "Capote." We're trying to get Leslie to retire to Old Friends. You can't fault Leslie or Swannie's bloodlines.