Swale Stakes

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Swale Stakes
Grade II race
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
Surface Dirt
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Allowance
Purse $200,000 (since 2014)[1]

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 $200,000.

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

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 placed second.[2]

This race was upgraded to a Grade II for its 2014 running.[3]


Speed record:

  • 7 furlongs - 1:20.88 - This Ones For Phil[a] (2009)
  • 6.5 furlongs - 1:15.06 - Eaton's Gift (2008)

Most wins by a jockey:


Time Grade
2017 Favorable Outcome Javier Castellano Chad C. Brown Klaravich Stables & William Lawrence 7-fur. 1:23.03 II
2016 Awesome Banner Jose C. Caraballo Stanley I. Gold Jacks or Better Farm 7-fur. 1:21.81 II
2015 Ready for Rye Luis Saez Thomas Albertrani Chalk Racing 7-fur. 1:22.39 II
2014 Spot Jose Lezcano Nick Zito Joseph H. Moss 7-fur. 1:22.44 II
2013 Clearly Now Luis Saez Bryan Lynch Up Hill Stable 7-fur. 1:23.19 III
2012 Trinniberg Willie Martinez Bisnath Parboo Shivananda Parbhoo 7-fur. 1:21.69 III
2011 Travelin Man John Velazquez Todd Pletcher E. Paul Robsham Stables 7-fur. 1:21.94 II
2010 D' Funnybone Edgar Prado Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Paul Pompa Jr. 7-fur. 1:21.98 II
2009 This Ones for Phil Garrett Gomez Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. Pompa Jr./Mandato/Dubb 7-fur. 1:20.88 II
2008 Eaton's Gift Kent Desormeaux Dale L. Romans Zayat Stables 6.5-fur. 1:15.63 II
2007 Adore the Gold Cornelio Velasquez Michael E. Gorham John D. Murphy, Sr. 6.5-fur. 1:15.86 II
2006 Sharp Humor Mark Guidry Dale L. Romans Purdedel Stable/WinStar Farm 7-fur. 1:22.14 II
2005 Lost in the Fog Russell Baze Greg Gilchrist Harry J. Aleo 7-fur. 1:22.21 II
2004 Wynn Dot Comma Edgar Prado Martin D. Wolfson Martin Cherry 7-fur. 1:22.87 III
2003 Midas Eyes Jerry D. Bailey Robert J. Frankel Edmund A. Gann 7-fur. 1:21.06 III
2002 Ethan Man Pat Day Patrick B. Byrne West Point Thoroughbreds 7-fur. 1:22.29 III
2001 D'wildcat Corey Nakatani Robert B. Hess, Jr. Fog City Stable 7-fur. 1:22.25 III
2000 Trippi Jerry D. Bailey Todd A. Pletcher Dogwood Stable 7-fur. 1:23.43 III
1999 Yes It's True Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Padua Stables 7-fur. 1:22.29 III
1998 Favorite Trick Pat Day William I. Mott Joseph LaCombe 7-fur. 1:22.86 III
1997 Confide Mike E. Smith Ben Perkins Sr 7-fur. 1:23.35 III
1996 Roar Mike E. Smith Claude R. McGaughey III 7-fur. 1:22.46 III
1995 Mr. Greeley Julie Krone Nicholas P. Zito 7-fur. 1:22.18 III
1994 Arrival Time Chris McCarron Frank A. Alexander 7-fur. 1:22.53 III
1993 Premier Explosion Dave Penna David R. Bell 7-fur. 1:23.23 III
1992 D. J. Cat Jerry D. Bailey Happy Alter 7-fur. 1:23.39 III
1991 Chihuahua J. O. Alferez Mario Martinez Jr. 7-fur. 1:23.47 III
1990 Housebuster Craig Perret Warren A. Croll, Jr. Robert P. Levy 7-fur. 1:22.20 III
1989 Easy Goer Pat Day Shug McGaughey Ogden Phipps 7-fur. 1:22.20
1988 Seeking the Gold Randy Romero Shug McGaughey Ogden Phipps 7-fur. 1:21.60
1987 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race 0:00.00
1986 One Magic Moment Craig Perret Joseph H. Pierce Jr. 7-fur. 1:25.40
1985 Chief's Crown Don MacBeth Roger Laurin Star Crown Stable 7-fur. 1:22.40


  1. ^ "Swale Stakes Profile". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "DQ Drama: This Ones for Phil Wins Swale". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  3. ^ [1]
  1. ^ The winning time of 1:20.88 was actually set by Big Drama, who was disqualified to second place for interference