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Mark Guidry and Sharp Humor in the Gulfstream Park winner's circle.
A large field of eleven 3-year-olds went to post in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes, sprinting 7 furlongs for the $150,000 purse. Noonmark was sent off as the 7-5 favorite off his two race winning streak, but he was making his stakes debut up against 9-2 second choice Praying for Cash, and 7-1 third choice In Summation.
Sharp Humor (inside) and Noonmark at the finish of the Swale Stakes.
Sharp Humor returns after winning the race. Winning trainer Dale Romans said, "He's just a fast, fast horse. I know he's a New York-bred, but he's a well-bred New York-bred. He does everything right. He's got a real high cruising speed. I don't think we'll be heading back to New York just yet. We're going to look at some bigger races down the road, and see if this horse can go around two turns. It seems like we have to have a little bigger plan now. There's already been one Distorted New York-bred to win the Derby (Funny Cide). Let's see if we can get there."
Winning jockey Mark Guidry said, "We followed the game plan (to be on the
pace). It went real well. We had some concern at the eighth pole, but my horse
fought back real hard."
Second place finisher Noonmark returns after the race.
Third place finisher Court Folly in the post parade.
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