Sheer Drama Breezes for Scheduled Start in La Troienne
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Only too aware of the Grande Shores’ history with a chronic digestive condition that threatened his life a few years back, trainer Stanley Gold took immediate action and sent the 7-year-old campaigner to a West Palm Beach clinic when he slumped to the floor of his stall in pain last month.
“They could have an impaction; they could twist their gut; or they could have a twist in the gut. Now you’re talking an operation, like Wise Dan,” Gold said Wednesday morning at Gulfstream Park. “Other times, it’s just a gas pain, and they pass it.”
Fortunately, Grande Shores’ recent bout with colic fell under the best-case scenario category and he was back in his Gulfstream stall healthy and happy the next day.
Having recorded two sharp workouts since the scare, the son of Black Mambo is slated to return to action in Thursday’s $60,000 Blue Heron Handicap at Gulfstream. The Jacks or Bettor homebred, who has been installed as the 7-5 morning-line favorite, has been assigned top weight of 121 pounds, between three and six pounds to his six rivals in the seven-furlong sprint.
“We were lucky. He didn’t miss anything, just a couple days to be safe,” Gold said. “Sunday he went to the clinic; he came back Monday; Tuesday, I walked him; for a couple days, he went around the track the wrong way and was completely normal. We went right on with him and he breezed a week later.”
Grande Shores has always handled adversity well on and off the track. The Florida-bred campaigner has finished first or second in 27 of 42 lifetime starts, including his last 13 races. During the recently concluded Championship Meet, he won two races, including the seven-furlong $110,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit, and finished second twice, including a runner-up finish in the mile Fred Hooper (G3) by a neck in his most recent race on Feb. 7.
“I think seven-eighths is probably his best distance. I think a mile is OK and six furlongs is OK. At this point, six (furlongs), seven and a mile are all OK, as long as it’s around one turn,” said Gold, who named Edgard Zayas to ride the half-brother to Grade 1 millionaire Jackson Bend.
City of Weston, Purple Egg, Dawly, Songa, Congenial, Brothersofthetime, are scheduled to challenge Grande Shores.
Sheer Drama Breezes for Scheduled Start in Grade 1 La Troienne
Harold Queen’s Sheer Drama breezed five furlongs in 1:01.82 Wednesday over a muddy Gulfstream Park track in preparation for a scheduled start in the $300,000 La Troienne (G1) at Churchill Downs May 1.
The 5-year-old daughter of Burning Roma has always shown ability, having broken her maiden at Saratoga two years ago, but she seems to have come into her own during the recent Championship Meet. After finishing second in the Sunshine Millions Distaff and the Rampart (G3), Sheer Drama rolled to an impressive 6 1/2-length victory over odds-on favorite House Rules in the Royal Delta (G2) on March 21.
“She’s older. She’s settled more. She’s definitely coming into her own right now,” Fawkes said. “She’s put on some weight since her last race. I’m thrilled with the way she’s going right now.”
Sheer Drama is a half-sister to Big Drama, the Fawkes-trained Eclipse Award champion who captured the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).
“She’s well-balanced like he is, but around the barn they’re really not a lot alike, when it comes to that. He was kind of sullen, off to himself a lot. She’s more outgoing,” Fawkes said. “When it comes to her training, they’re similar right now. She’s settled into her routine like he did.”
The La Troienne, a 1 1/6-mile race for fillies and mares, will be run on the Kentucky Oaks (G1) undercard.