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King Humor Stays Perfect in $75,000 Ocala Flame Stakes

Jun 7, 2018
Undefeated Colt on Track for June 30 Carry Back

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Heczor Investments Corp.’s King Humor withstood race-long pressure on his way to a gutsy triumph in the $75,000 Ocala Flame at Gulfstream Park, staying on track for a scheduled start in the Carry Back Stakes on the June 30 Summit of Speed program.

Sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in a field of six 3-year-olds, King Humor broke a step slowly from the starting gate before being urged to the lead on the backstretch by jockey Edgard Zayas. Pressed on the outside by Take Your Place, the undefeated son of Distorted Humor set fractions of 22.36 (seconds) and 44.98 for the first half-mile before briefly shaking loose at the top of the stretch. The Victor Barboza-trained favorite was soon the target of a serious challenge by late-running Powerful Venezuela, a 17-1 longshot also trained by Barboza. King Humor held gamely to prevail by a neck over his stablemate, who finished three-quarters of a length clear of Noble Drama, the 3-1 second choice who was compromised by a very troubled start.

“I’m very happy with my horse. It was a good race. The fractions – 22 and 44 – were fast,” Barboza said. “I’m very thankful for the victory.”

King Humor ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.35 to record his third consecutive victory. The Kentucky-bred colt debuted with a four-length victory at Gulfstream Feb. 2 before scoring a half-length triumph in an optional claiming allowance April 1.

Orlyana Farm’s Powerful Venezuela, who captured his debut at Gulfstream in his only 2017 start and finished off-the-board in his only start his year, made his first start for Barboza Thursday.

“Both horses will run in the Carry Back,” Barboza said.

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