Big Drama Feeling Fine After Record-Breaking Performance
By Ed Gray
Trainer David Fawkes reported Sunday that Big Drama was feeling fine after his track record-breaking performance in Saturday’s Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Big Drama, bred and owned by Harold Queen, registered a dazzling four-length victory after devouring six furlongs in 1:08.12 and eclipsing Tiger’s 2006 record of 1:08.46. It was the Eclipse Award finalist’s first start since capturing the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.
“He always does stuff like that,” Fawkes said. “I didn’t think about him breaking a track record, but he ran huge.”
The 5-year-old son of Montbrook, whose 10th victory in 17 starts increased his bankroll to just shy of $2.7 million, is widely expected to be named the champion sprinter of 2010 at Monday evening’s Eclipse Awards Dinner at the Fontainebleau in Miami.
“I expect him to win it,” Fawkes said. “I want the horse to win it for him… and Mr. Queen. They deserve it.”
Fawkes also reported that Duke of Mischief is being pointed to the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream on Jan. 29. The 5-year-old son of Graeme Hall, who captured last year’s Oaklawn Park Handicap (G2) and Iselin Invitational (G3) at Monmouth Park, worked five furlongs in 1:02 2/5 Sunday.
“He had an OK work, not great,” Fawkes said. “He’s doing super. He’ll have one more work, probably next Saturday. It doesn’t take much to get him fit.”
Square Eddie Reported Possible for Donn Handicap
Three years ago trainer Doug O’Neill shipped J. Paul Reddam and WinStar Farm’s Spring At Last from California to Gulfstream Park to win the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) with jockey Eibar Coa aboard, and the trainer recently told Daily Racing Form that he is seriously considering sending Reddam’s 5-year-old Square Eddie for this year’s renewal of the Donn to be run on Sat., Feb. 5.
Square Eddie recently returned from a more than one-year layoff to win a 6 1/2-furlong allowance race at Santa Anita on Jan. 14 by 3 ¼ lengths in track record time of 1:13 in his first start since finishing sixth in the Malibu Stakes (G1) there in late 2009. The son of Smart Strike stood stud for a time last spring.
A son of Silver Deputy, Spring At Last had won the $1 million Godolphin Mile (G2) on Dubai World Cup day in March of 2007 and O’Neill indicated that Square Eddie could be bound for Dubai after the Donn for a start in either the Godolphin Mile or $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) on Mar. 26 this year.
Square Eddie began his racing career in England in 2008 until purchased privately by Reddam and won the Breeders’ Futurity (G2) at Keeneland in his U.S. debut and came back to finish second behind Midshipman in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita that fall. The Canadian-bred failed to win in six starts as a 3-year-old in 2009, although placing in several Graded stakes.
Askbut I Won’ttell Drill for Sunshine Millions
Trainer Chris Block has a small but select division stabled at Gulfstream Park this season and had Team Block and Rich Ege’s 5-year-old Florida-bred mare Askbut I Won’ttell on the turf course Sunday morning to work six furlongs in 1:12 flat in preparation for her next start in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf here on Sat., Jan. 29.
A daughter of Horse Chestnut, Askbut I Won’ttell arrived in South Florida in time to win the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (G3) over the Calder turf course on Dec. 4, her first start since capturing the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 7.
Askbut I Won’ttell’s Block-trained stablemates at Gulfstream are Virginia Tarra Trust’s 5-year-old Giant Oak, winner of the $500,000 Clark Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs in late November on a disqualification after finishing second; and Team Block’s 6-year-old Kentucky-bred mare Never Retreat, third in the $100,000 Marshua’s River Stakes (G3) here on Jan. 9.
Two other Sunshine Millions candidates bound for races to be run the same afternoon at Santa Anita posted workouts Sunday morning on the main track at Calder for trainer Marty Wolfson. Martin Cherry’s 7-year-old gelding Pickapocket breezed an easy half-mile in 52 4/5 ahead of his start in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf while Farnsworth Stables’ 6-year-old mare Amazing was timed in 50 4/5 in preparation for the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff.