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100K Big Drama Attracts 10, Including Six Stakes Winners

May 10, 2019
Three Rules, Garter and Tie & Mr. Jordan in Saturday Feature
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – With a morning-line favorite a tepid 3-1, Saturday’s $100,000 Big Drama at Gulfstream Park will offer plenty of betting opportunities and return on investment.

The 7-furlong event, for Florida-bred 3-year-olds and up, has brought together a field of 10 popular runners including graded-stakes winner Mr. Jordan, graded-stakes placed Kroy and Three Rules, and Florida Sire Stakes winner Garter and Tie.

The Big Drama is one of 12 races carded Saturday. First race post is 12:45 p.m. The Big Drama is named after Harold Queen’s Florida-bred homebred who won the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and was named champion sprinter.

Jacks or Better Farm’s Garter and Tie, a 3-year-old son of Brooks ‘n Down, was made the 3-1 favorite as he faces older horses for the first time. Trained by Ralph Nicks with Jeffrey Sanchez named to ride, Garter and Tie won the $200,000 Affirmed Division of the Sire Stakes last September. After a sixth-place finish in the Holy Bull (G2) and a 10th-place finish in the Florida Derby (G1), Garter and Tie finished second in the seven furlong Roar April 20 behind Gladiator King, who is expected to run Saturday, May 18 in the Chick Lang (G3) at Pimlico Race Course.

Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.’s Kroy, a 5-year-old son of The Factor, has been remarkably consistent and versatile throughout a 17-race career. Listed at 7-2 in the morning line, the gray gelding has won at six furlongs, seven furlongs and around two turns on dirt and turf. Kroy returned from a fourth-month layoff April 12, finishing fifth in an allowance optional claimer. The gelding’s resume includes a second-place finish in the Mathis Brothers Mile (G2) at Santa Anita and a second-place finish in the Big Drama last year. Albin Jimenez has been named to ride.

Mr. Jordan, a 10-time winner for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., returns as the defending champion of the Big Drama. The 7-year-old has finished seventh three consecutive times after winning the Sunshine Millions Classic Preview in November. Hall of Famer Edgar Prado has been named to ride.

Three Rules, who swept the Florida Sire Stakes in 2016 and finished second in the Swale Stakes (G2) and third in the Fountain of Youth (G2) in 2017, has raced intermittently since with his last victory coming 2017 in the Carry Back (G3). Victor Lebron gets the mount.

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