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Sheer Drama Breezes at Gulfstream for Personal Ensign (G1)

Aug 20, 2015

Flutterby Drills for Gold Mover

Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $297,000, Super Hi 5 $8,700

Adrienne’s Warrior Impresses in Debut

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL– Harold L. Queen’s Sheer Drama, winner of the Delaware Handicap (G1) in her last start for Gulfstream-based trainer David Fawkes, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.50 Thursday morning in Hallandale in preparation for a scheduled start in the Personal Ensign (G1) Aug. 29 at Saratoga.

“It went well,” Fawkes said. “No complaints. She’s doing great.”

The 5-year-old daughter of Burning Roma has had a breakout year in 2015, as she has not finished worse than second in six starts, all in stakes company, including five graded stakes, two of them Grade 1 events. After finishing second to seven-eighths specialist Dame Dorothy in her 2015 debut in the Sunshine Millions Distaff Stakes in January, the half-sister to 2006 Eclipse Champion Big Drama was the runner-up in the Rampart (G3) before running off with the Royal Delta (G2) by 6 ½ lengths on March 21. Following those four starts in Hallandale, the Florida-bred shipped to Louisville on two separate occasions to contest the La Troienne Stakes (G1) and Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2), finishing second each time, but the chestnut captured her first Grade 1 score when avenging her Fleur de Lis loss to Frivolous in the Del Cap on July 18. The chestnut has breezed twice since returning home to Gulfstream, also recording a 59.31 bullet move for five furlongs on Aug. 12.

Sheer Drama is scheduled to travel to Saratoga Friday morning, as Fawkes ships his at-times nervous filly a week in advance of her races to give her ample time to settle in her new surroundings.

“She doesn’t need her breezes right on top of her races,” Fawkes said. “So what I’ve been doing is I’ve been [working her] about nine days out, and it seems to be working better. She’ll gallop there, and she’ll school a bunch in the paddock, and stuff like that.”

“This is a ‘Win and You’re In,’” he added. “The goal is to get [to the Breeders’ Cup] regardless, but a Win and You’re In will always help us.”

Also on the work tab was Flutterby, the 6-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $75,000 Gold Mover Stakes, who blew out three furlongs in a sharp 34.07 seconds. The 4-year-old filly’s move was the fastest of 12 workers at the distance, indicating the daughter of Congrats will be sharp for her first start since finishing second to multiple graded stakes winner Merry Meadow in the Princess Rooney (G2) on July 5.

Trained by the 94-year-old Jerry Bozzo, who also bred and owns the filly, Flutterby won Gulfstream’s Sea Lily Handicap by an emphatic 9 ¼ lengths prior to her effort in the Princess Rooney, where she finished ahead of next-out stakes winner Kiss to Remember. Bozzo, an old-fashioned horseman and veteran of World War II, is known to work his horses in the days leading up to a race. He employed the same tactic leading up to the Princess Rooney, when Flutterby breezed three furlongs in 35.53 seconds on July 3.

Flutterby will face six competitors in the Gold Mover. The chestnut has won four of 21 starts for earnings of $244,338.

Rainbow 6 Carryover Reaches $297,000

The Rainbow 6 Carryover reached $297,755.46 Thursday at Gulfstream Park after going unsolved throughout the 10-race program. Heading into the wager’s final leg, there were no live singles, assuring a carryover for the next racing day.

Instead, multiple ticketholders cashed for $1,194.10 for correctly selecting the winners of the day’s final six races. The winning sequence for the popular 20-cent base wager was 10-7-9-4-8-7.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single unique ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 70 percent of that day’s pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 30 percent is carried over to the jackpot pool. The wager was last hit on July16, when it paid $164,483.32 after going unsolved for eight racing programs.

The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot will be up for grabs again Friday. The sequence will span the fifth through tenth races on the card.    

Adrienne’s Warrior Impresses in Debut

Bet down to 3-5 in his career debut, first-time starter Adrienne’s Warrior performed to expectations Thursday, striding out to a four-length victory in the second race, a six-furlong maiden special weight for freshman runners on the main track.

Trained by Michelle Nihei, Adrienne’s Warrior broke alertly but was content to sit off the pace while Queen G, one of two fillies in the race, jumped out to the early lead and went the opening quarter in 22.88 seconds.As that filly clocked the half in 46.22,Adrienne’s Warrior, under Luca Panici, loomed three-wide and gained the advantage at the 3/8thpole. In hand at that point, the race was all but over. Adrienne’s Warrior drew clear in the stretch, his win never in question despite showing some greenness and driftingin the lane. The final time was 1:12.54.

“Nothing really surprised me except that I was just grateful that he did everything the way I thought he would,” Nihei said. “He’s been the kind of horse that I’ve never been able to pair up with anybody that makes him work. Everything just comes easy to him, so when they hit the stretch and there was nobody with him, I had a feeling that (drifting) would happen. You sort of have to stay busy and keep him focused, because otherwise he’s not going to concentrate. So I have to work him a little differently. I have to keep him in a situation where he comes from behind horses. Most of what you saw today is what he does in the mornings.”

A 2-year-old son of Warrior’s Reward and the A.P. Indy mare First Lady Blue, Adrienne’s Reward caused a stir on the Gulfstream front side in the minutes before post-time, when the colt was heavily bet down from his 3-1 morning line odds off a series of strong works at Gulfstream’s satellite training facility Palm Meadows, where Nihei is based. Three of the colt’s 10 breezes in Boynton Beach were bullets, leading Nihei, who also exercise rides him, to feel confident leading up to his first race.

“He’s been special from the beginning,” Nihei said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be his trainer and his exercise rider, so I’ve always felt very confident about him, but he’s the kind of horse that will do more than you want him to early. He’s just been one of those that I’ve been careful with all along to make sure that I did everything right, because I had a feeling that he was going to be pretty talented. At this point I just hope that it continues.”

Adrienne’s Warrior returned $3.40 to win. Woodburn ($4.00, $2.80) finished second, while Queen G ($3.60) held on for third. 

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