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Sheer Drama Back at Gulfstream, Preparing for Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1), Zayas' Return & More

Sep 4, 2015

Zayas Returns to Riding Saturday

Mandatory Payout of Rainbow 6 Monday                 

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL– Harold Queen’s Sheer Drama has exited her 1 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s Personal Ensign (G1) at Saratoga in good order, reports trainer David Fawkes.

Back in her stall at Gulfstream Park, the 5-year-old daughter of Burning Roma is scheduled to race next in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 30.

“Now to then, we’re going to just gallop and breeze. We’re going to keep her right here. She’s happy. She does good in South Florida. She likes it here,” said Fawkes. “I’m going to do it exactly what I’ve been doing so far – ship her nine days out, get her there and let her acclimate.”

Sheer Drama, whose Personal Ensign triumph followed a victory in the Delaware Oaks (G1), may very well clash with two-time champion Beholder, a 6 ¼-length winner in the Pacific Classic (G1), in the Distaff. Beholder also earned a “Win & You’re In’ berth for the $5 million Classic on Oct. 3, should trainer Richard Mandella choose to pit his mare against the boys again.

“What are you going to do? It’s the end of the year. It’s time to face the music,” said Fawkes, whose mare earned a fees-paid “Win & You’re In” berth for the Distaff in the Personal Ensign.

Edgard Zayas to Return Saturday at Gulfstream Park

Off since fracturing his left clavicle in a spill July 17, jockey Edgard Zayas will return to race riding Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Zayas, who was tied for the lead in the rider standings at the time of his injury, captured the riding title at last year’s summer race meet as well as the inaugural title at the Fall Turf Festival last November at Gulfstream Park West.

A 2013 Eclipse Award finalist for top apprentice and a winner of both the Princess Rooney (G1) in 2013 and the Smile Sprint (G2) this year, Zayas began galloping horses last Thursday. The 22-year-old Puerto Rico native was named to ride six mounts on his first day back (including one main track only entrant in R Sassy Lass), five of which are in stakes.

“He’s very excited,” agent Tito Fuentes said. “He’s been riding for a few days already. He’s feeling great. Everything has gone well. We’re looking forward to getting him back on the horses. If it were up to him, he’d probably be riding right now, but the plan was to come back Saturday for the Sire Stakes and ride a couple of good horses, so we decided to stick to that.”

Zayas has the call on New York shipper Josdesanimaux, the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $150,000 Florida Sires Stakes (FSS) Jewel Princess division; Lori’s Store, whom Zayas rode to victory in the Spook Express Stakes on July 5, in the $75,000 Wasted Tears; and It’s High Time, who will run for a chance at a FSS series sweep in the $300,000 Susan’s Girl after winning the FSS Desert Vixen division on Aug. 9. Other mounts include Biggest Drama in the $300,000 FSS Affirmed division for trainer Daniel Pita and first-time starter Determined Lady in a maiden special weight for trainer David Fawkes.

Mandatory Payout of Rainbow 6 Monday 

There will be a mandatory payout of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 Monday, September 7 at Gulfstream Park.

The Rainbow 6 will be over $550,000 Friday afternoon. If there is no single winning ticket on the Rainbow 6 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the total pool Monday could be approximately $2.5 million.

Monday will also have mandatory payouts of the Pick 5 and Super Hi 5.

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