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Florida Derby Day 2004


Swale 2004

Edgar Prado on Wynn Dot Comma (inside) winning the Swale Stakes over Eurosilver.

Cindy Pierson Dulay
Immediately after the Florida Derby was another race for top three-year-olds, the Grade 3 Swale Stakes, a $150,000 event over seven furlongs. Only five went to post here, with Eurosilver the 11-10 favorite. However, 4-1 shot Wynn Dot Comma got the lead midway around the turn, drew clear by mid stretch, and easily held off the on-rushing favorite to win by a head in 1:22.87. It was 4 1/4 lengths back to 14-1 shot Dashboard Drummer in third. Results Chart

Winning trainer Martin Wolfson said, "Last time was a horrible trip. He was checked three times and he was out of the race. He likes to be in the race all the way, so today when I saw him on top of Chapel Royal I knew we had that one beat."

Winning Jockey Edgar Prado said of the race itself, "The way I figured it in this race, I had two horses to beat. One was a sprinter (Chapel Royal) and one was a closer (Eurosilver). Everything worked out perfect." The Swale was Prado's 5000th career win and there was a special ceremony in the winner's circle to commemorate the event.

Nick Zito, trainer of second place finisher Eurosilver, said, "He is going to fit really perfect in there, he loves the two turns. We got the two races in him, now we've got to go for the gusto." Next out should be the Blue Grass.

Earlier on the card was another seven-furlong event, the Grade 2 Forward Gal Stakes for three-year-old fillies. 1-5 favorite Madcap Escapade was off a step slower than the rest but quickly got into stride and led every call, winning by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:22.97 over 7-2 second choice La Reina. Winning trainer Frank Brothers said, "She's a very exciting filly ... the most talented filly I've ever trained. When she goes farther, she'll be in front, the question is if she keeps rolling. She has a chance to stretch out." Jockey Jerry Bailey added, "I was merely a good passenger, that's all I was. She did hop out of the gate a little bit, but by the time she hits the ground the second time she's in full flight. I didn't even come close to dropping her head today." Results Chart

Capping off Gulfstream's biggest raceday of the season was the Grade 3 Skip Away Handicap for older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. 6-1 shot Newfoundland stalked the pace in third through 3/4 in 1:12.06, then got to the lead and won after a prolonged stretch duel with 15-1 shot Supah Blitz. Supah Blitz drew even at the 1/16 pole but was outfinished in the final strides, losing by 1/2 a length, in a final time of 1:43.26. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to 7-5 favorite Bowman's Band in third. Results Chart

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