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Barbaro wins the Florida Derby
Barbaro and Sharp Humor duke it out down the stretch in the Florida Derby

Barbaro and Sharp Humor duke it out down the stretch in the Florida Derby

© Vanessa Ng
April 2, 2006

The $1 million Florida Derby (G1) is the last major Kentucky Derby prep in Florida. Eleven three-year-olds went to the gate in this 1 1/8 mile trip around Gulfstream Park. 6-1 shot Sharp Humor led the way early, getting brisk fractions of 23.45, 47.35 and 1:11.37 while 8-5 undefeated favorite Barbaro gave chase 1 1/2 lengths behind, after bobbling at the start. Jockey Edgar Prado urged Barbaro to make his bid for the lead in mid-stretch, and the pair were noses apart through a prolonged stretch drive, neither combatant willing to yield. In the final strides, Barbaro finally dug in and got his neck in front for the hard-earning 1/2 length victory, in a time of 1:49.01. It was 3 lengths back to Sunriver in third while Sam's Ace was fourth. Sharp Humor's trainer Dale Romans said, "That's a nice horse that beat us. If you would have told me yesterday that I'd get beat a head, I'd be ecstatic, but my horse just fought so hard and kept looking like he was going to win. It's become a disappointment."

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