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Swale Stakes

Grade II race
Swale Stakes
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
Inaugurated 1985
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 7 furlong sprint
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Swale Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in early February at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. A Grade II sprint race for three-year-olds, it is run on dirt over a distance of 7 furlongs. It currently offers a purse of $150,000.

The Swale Stakes was inaugurated in 1985 as a seven furlong sprint but in 2007 was modified to 6.5 furlongs.

The race was named in honor of Claiborne Farm's brilliant colt Swale who won the 1984 Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes but who died suddenly of a heart attack eight days after his Belmont victory.

In 2009, Big Drama set a new stakes and track record of 1:20.88 but was disqualified and set back to second.


Speed record:

  • 1:21.06 - Midas Eyes (2003) (at distance of 7 furlongs)

Winners of the Swale Stakes since 1998






2010 D' Funnybone Edgar Prado Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Paul Pompa Jr. 1:21.98
2009 This Ones for Phil Garrett Gomez Rick Dutrow Pompa Jr./Mandato/Dubb 1:20.88
2008 Eaton's Gift Kent Desormeaux Dale L. Romans Zayat Stables 1:15.63
2007 Adore the Gold Cornelio Velasquez Michael E. Gorham John D. Murphy, Sr. 1:15.86
2006 Sharp Humor Mark Guidry Dale L. Romans Purdedel Stable/WinStar Farm 1:22.14
2005 Lost in the Fog Russell Baze Greg Gilchrist Harry J. Aleo 1:22.21
2004 Wynn Dot Comma Edgar Prado Martin D. Wolfson Martin Cherry 1:22.87
2003 Midas Eyes Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 1:21.06
2002 Ethan Man Pat Day Patrick B. Byrne West Point Thoroughbreds 1:22.29
2001 D'wildcat Corey Nakatani Robert B. Hess Jr. Fog City Stable 1:22.25
2000 Trippi Jerry D. Bailey Todd A. Pletcher Dogwood Stable 1:23.43
1999 Yes It's True Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Padua Stables 1:22.29
1998 Favorite Trick Pat Day William I. Mott Joseph LaCombe 1:22.86

Earlier winners

  • 1997 - Confide
  • 1996 - Roar
  • 1995 - Mr. Greeley
  • 1994 - Arrival Time
  • 1993 - Premier explosion
  • 1992 - D J Cat
  • 1991 - Chihuahua
  • 1990 - Housebuster
  • 1986 - One Magic Moment


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