This picture of Swaps came from an old Sports Illustrated magazine that I found at an estate sale.
No one would question that Swaps was one of the all-time great American race horses. Here's a profile video of him, with color footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2poVTKZRq_k&feature=related
Turf historian William H.P. Robertson wrote that Swaps "entered stud with the largest collection of recognized world records (five) in history, and a lifetime performance summary, as follows: 25 starts, 19 wins, two seconds, two thirds, earnings of $848,900."
Like other famous Thoroughbred race horses, Swaps was immortalized with a big statue...
|Statue of Swaps at Hollywood Park|
...And with other statues, small enough to fit on a model horse collector's shelf.
Hagen-Renaker issued two different ceramic "Swaps" model horse figurines, designed by the incredibly talented Maureen Love. This one is the Designer's Workshop, or 7" size:
And the one below is the Hagen-Renaker ceramic miniature "Swaps" figurine, also designed by Maureen Love. (Mine has a restored right hind leg.)
Breyer Model Horses reproduced both versions of the H-R Swaps, in plastic.
Here's a video of Swaps winning the '55 Derby:
The Hagen-Renaker Museum website shows photos of the ceramics model of Swaps, as well as those representing other famous Thoroughbreds:
Kirsten Wellman traces the connection between Swaps and the model horses named for him, in her blog: