HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Multiple Grade 1 winner Sheer Drama tuned up for a scheduled Breeders’ Cup start Sunday morning with a sharp five-furlong workout at Gulfstream Park.
The half-sister to champion Big Drama, winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1), breezed five furlongs in 1:00.73 in her second breeze at Gulfstream since capturing the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Aug. 29. (She earned a fees-paid entry into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Keeneland Oct. 30 with the victory)
“I was thrilled. I thought it was a little quick in the middle – she spotted a horse of (trainer) Ralph Nicks in front of her and kind of locked onto that horse. The middle fractions were a little strong, but the kid was smart and just sat,” trainer David Fawkes said. “She finished well and galloped out well. I was real happy with everything.”
Regular exercise rider Jose Cruz was aboard for the breeze, which was the fifth fastest of 19 recorded at the five-furlong distance.
“She really likes Gulfstream and really does very well over that track,” said Fawkes, who has trained Harold Queen’s homebred mare at Gulfstream for her four most recent starts on the road. “It’s worked well, so we won’t change anything.
The daughter of Burning Roma will continue to train at Gulfstream until the week before the Breeders’ Cup.
“I’ll probably breeze her on a Wednesday and watch her train Thursday morning to make sure everything’s on ‘go’ then leave. We’ll be there Friday morning and have a week of training,” Fawkes said.
Sheer Drama, who scored the first of back-to-back Grade 1 successes in the Delaware Handicap July 18, has been no worse than second in seven 2015 starts, all stakes (six graded). The late developing 5-year-old mare won the first of her three graded-stakes victories in the Royal Delta (G2) at Gulfstream March 21.
“She keeps growing up and she keeps growing up with every race,” Fawkes said. “With each race, she’s easier to deal with. She handles the crowds – all that kind of stuff.”