09/25/2005 11:00PM

Artistic Express takes Gimma on front end


Artistic Express had no problem carrying her speed seven furlongs as she recorded a 1 1/2-length, front-running score over Fly to Me in Sunday's $113,500 Joseph A. Gimma Stakes for New York-bred juvenile fillies at Belmont Park.

It was the third victory in this race for trainer Mike Hernandez, who also won it in 2002 with Beautiful America and 1995 with Three Pack.

Under Edgar Prado, Artistic Express ($36.20) covered seven furlongs in 1:26.29.

Prado also won the $107,700 Bertram F. Bongard for New York-bred juveniles on the front end as Sharp Humor ($18.40) overcame an awkward start, quickly made the lead, and held on for a three-quarter-length victory over Trading Pro. It was 1 1/4 lengths back to 3-5 favorite Parkhimonbroadway.

Prado rode the winner for trainer Dale Romans and owner Purdedel Stable. Sharp Humor, a son of Distorted Humor, ran seven furlongs in 1:24.20.