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Noble Drama Upsets Elders in Wildcat Heir

Sep 29, 2018
Kicks off Program with 8 Stakes Worth $1.325 Million
Bulletin Debuts for Pletcher with Hollywood Beach Win
A Bit Special Registers Very Special My Dear Peggy Win

            
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Harold Queen’s Noble Drama called upon his family’s class in Saturday’s $150,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Wildcat Heir at Gulfstream Park, rallying from last to pull off a 14-1 upset over his elders.
            
The mile stakes for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up who are FSS eligible was the first of eight stakes worth $1.325 million, including the $400,000 In Reality and the $400,000 My Dear Girl for fillies – the final legs of the 2018 FSS series for juveniles sired by stallions standing in Florida.
            
Noble Drama is out of Queen Drama, a half-sister to 2010 Eclipse Award sprint champion Big Drama and a full sister to multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Sheer Drama. The 3-year-old son of Gone Astray’s class was in full display Saturday while defeating veteran multiple-stakes winners Mo Cash and Mr. Jordan.
            
The David Fawkes-trained gelding was returning to action just a week after finishing fifth in the Bear’s Den Stakes over the Gulfstream turf course.
            
“He didn’t like the turf and he didn’t do any running, so I said, ‘What the heck,’” Fawkes said. “The horse needs to run long, and there haven’t been too many spots. This race came up. It looked like the field was coming up short. It killed me to run him back so quick, but his numbers showed he should move up, and he did.”
            
Noble Drama raced near the back of the six-horse field and Arindel stablemates Dunk and Weisser provided the pace along the backstretch, setting fractions of 23.83 and 46.40 seconds. Mo Cash, the 2-5 favorite ridden by Miguel Vasquez advanced on the tiring leaders on the turn into the homestretch as Noble Drama continued to steadily advance on the outside under a busy Nik Juarez. Mo Cash showed the way into mid-stretch but was unable to hold off the relentless Noble Drama by a neck. Mr. Jordan, the 4-1 second choice who broke from the rail post position under Edgar Zayas, lacked racing room for three-quarters of a mile before rallying from far back to finish third, 1 ¾ lengths back.
            
Noble Drama, who had finished second in the Carry Back at Gulfstream and captured the $100,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes Silver Charm at Tampa prior to his off-the-board finish in his turf debut last week, ran a mile in 1:37.31.
            
“It looked like the race he ran on the turf last week he just didn’t seem like he picked his feet up that much, so I think coming back on the dirt made him a lot sharper,” Juarez said. “I was given the instructions to stay after him the entire time and I was very confident in Dave and his team. We sat off the pace a bit today, but he’s a horse you really have to ride, so the whole time I just tried to stay after him. When we came for home we just wore down the favorite.” 
            
Fawkes saddled his second stakes winner of the day later on the card, visiting the winner’s circle with Sandra New’s Louder Than Bombs after the 2-year-old son of Violence rallied impressively for a two-length score in the $75,000 Armed Forces.
            
Ridden by Miguel Vazquez, Louder Than Bombs ($8.80) ran a mile over a firm turf course in 1:38.01 to claim his first stakes victory in three career starts. Timmy M. held second 4 ½ lengths ahead of Stirling Drive.
            
Louder Than Bombs saved ground while rating well off the early pace set by Soldat War showed the way around the first turn and along the backstretch while setting fractions of 23.37 and 47.59 seconds. Louder Than Bombs was swung to the outside on the turn into the homestretch, while Timmy M., the 8-5 favorite who had saved ground behind the leader by Paco Lopez, found room along the rail for the stretch Run. The favorite moved to the lead in mid-stretch but was no match for the Louder Than Bombs, who pulled away to victory on the outside.
            
“I kind of expected that last time but he kind of ran flat on my,” said Fawkes, whose trainee finished fourth in the Proud Man stakes after capturing his debut. “I really like this horse. He ran the race I expected today.”
Bulletin Debuts for Pletcher with Hollywood Beach Win
            
Todd Pletcher-trained Bulletin gave notice that he will be a force in turf stakes competition Saturday at Gulfstream Park, romping to a dominating seven-length victory while making his career debut in the $75,000 Hollywood Beach.
            
Owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club International, the 2-year-old son of City Zip broke alertly under jockey Eric Cancel to show the way to seven rivals throughout the five-furlong turf stakes.
            
Sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, Bulletin ran five-furlongs over a firm turf in 56.95 seconds after posting early fractions of 22.47 and 45.24.
            
“I had a lot of confidence in the horse starting in a stake here. He had a good work for the race, so I had a lot of faith in him,” Cancel said. “He shot out of the gate and after that he didn’t have any competition.
            
Jackson, the 4-5 favorite ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, rallied for third after a slow start, to finish 2 ¾ length ahead of Nacho Papa and jockey Jeffrey Sanchez. 
               
A Bit Special Registers Very Special My Dear Peggy Win
            
Linda Shanahan and Mrs. M. V. Magnier’s A Bit Special surged through the stretch to capture the $75,000 My Dear Peggy, impressing her trainer Patrick Biancone with her three-length score in the mile turf stakes for juvenile fillies.
            
“She’s very special. She has a huge turn of foot. She reminds me of Gorella,” said Biancone comparing the 2-year-old daughter of Mukhadram to the Grade 1 stakes-winning millionaire he trained in 2005 and 2006.
            
A Bit Special, who broke her maiden at first asking before finishing a photo-finish second in the Sharp Susan Stakes last time out, settled off the pace as Dream On Jilly was allowed to set leisurely fractions of 24.50 and 49.80 seconds under Eric Cancel. The pacesetter kicked in at the top of the stretch to open a clear lead in mid-stretch, but A Bit Special, who wove through traffic under Romero Maragh on the turn into the stretch, suddenly loomed dangerously on the outside. The long-striding British-bred filly surged to the wire to win going away. Dream on Jilly held second, six lengths ahead of Miss Unbridled Cat.
            
A Bit Special, the 2-1 favorite, ran a mile on a firm turf course in 1:37.97.
            
“We decided to take it easy with her and try to win this race. We’ll give her a little break. She’ll be back here this winter. She should improve. She’s still a baby,” Biancone said.
            
Biancone returned to the Gulfstream winner’s circle after saddling Lafta ($10.80) for a front-running triumph in the $75,000 Monroe, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.
            
The 4-year-old daughter of Kitten’s Joy set pedestrian fractions of 26.07 and 51.49 seconds for the first half-mile under Romero Maragh and continued on to register a 1 ¾-length triumph in 1:45.43. King’s Ghost finished second, a half-length ahead of Sweet Story.
                 
Archer Road on Target in Mr. Steele Stakes
            
Arindel’s Archer Road  ($27.10) benefited from a ground-saving trip under Jeffrey Sanchez to prevail with a photo-finish victory in the $75,000 Mr. Steele, a mile turf stakes for 3-year-olds and older.
            
The 4-year-old son of Leroidesanimaux rated kindly off the pace set by Swagger Jagger and stalked by 2-1 favorite Kroy along the backstretch past fractions of 24.10 and 48.05 seconds. On the turn into the homestretch, Sanchez eased Archer Road off the rail and sent him through an opening between tiring horses to set up a furious stretch run. Archer Road moved to the lead in the stretch and held off the late run by Galleon Mast by a neck. Galleon Mast, who endured heavy traffic, had to settle for second money after enduring a troubled trip. Salute the Colonel finished another neck back in third.
            
Archer Road, who captured the 1 ½-mile Copingaway Stakes last time out, negotiated a mile over a firm turf course in 1:36.86.
            
“He ran his race. I trained him to run a mile. I tried to get him a little speedier. We got lucky and everything worked out good,” trainer Stanley Gold said. “It’s not his best distance but he ran a bang-up race.”
 



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