Noble Drama Calls on Family Class in City of Dania
Jul 11, 2021
Multiple Grade 1 Stakes-Placed Jesus’ Team Fifth
Racing Resumes Friday with $400,000 Rainbow 6
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Harold Queen’s Noble Drama called on his family’s class to rally from far off the pace to win Sunday’s $60,000 City of Dania, a rapidly run contest in which multiple Grade 1 stakes-placed Jesus’ Team, the 7-10 favorite, was never a factor while finishing fifth in a highly anticipated return to action.
The City of Dania, a one-turn mile overnight handicap for 3-year-olds and up, headlined an 11-race program that wrapped up a weekend of racing action that included Papetu’s victorious comeback in the $75,000 Carry Back and Competitive Speed’s return to winning form in the Hallandale Beach on Saturday.
Out of a half-sister to 2010 Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Big Drama and full sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Sheer Drama, Noble Drama collected his seventh career stakes victory at Gulfstream Park with a 1 1/2-length decision over pacesetter I’m a G Six.
“What a horse,” said trainer David Fawkes, who also campaigned Noble Drama’s more famous family members.
Jesus’ Team, who finished sixth in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) March 27 after checking in second behind Knicks Go in the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Jan. 23, raced evenly under Samy Camacho while proving unable to employ the stretch kick that powered him to a second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and a third-place finish in the Preakness Stakes (G1).
“Samy said he felt good but that maybe he needed a race,” trainer Jose D’Angelo said. “I know he had a lot of weight. Now we just have to check him and make a decision.”
Jesus’ Team carried 127 pounds as the starting highweight while conceding between five and 12 pounds to his seven rivals, including five pounds to Noble Drama.
The victorious 6-year-old gelding, who went to post as the 5-2 second betting choice, was coming off a late-rallying triumph in the My Name’s Jimmy overnight handicap May 22 off a four-month layoff.
“That last race took a lot out of him but it gave him plenty of time to recover. This week while training he’s been bucking and playing like a yearling,” Fawkes said. “He’s so much fun. He shows up every time.”
I’m a G Six, who was coming off an impressive optional claiming allowance victory, was hustled to an early lead by jockey Rajiv Maragh and proceeded to set a blistering pace, putting up eye-catching fractions of 22.81 and 45.12 seconds for the first half mile and 1:08.89 for six furlongs. Pro Quality chased the pacesetter into the stretch under Chantal Sutherland and briefly appeared on his way to victory inside the eighth pole, but Noble Drama loomed in full strike on the far outside and claimed the victory. I’m a G Six battled back to finish second, a neck ahead of Pro Quality.
Noble Drama ran the mile in 1:35.09.
Glen Hill Farm’s Jewish Guilt, a 3-year-old filly by Curlin who brought $425,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale of 2019, rallied three-wide around the turn under jockey Romero Maragh to win her debut Sunday. Trained by Thomas Proctor, Jewish Guilt covered six furlongs in 1:12.35. The filly is out of Coco’s Wildcat, a Gilbert Campbell homebred who was third in the Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3) in 2015 and won the Cassidy Stakes at Gulfstream as a 2-year-old.
Racing resumes Friday with a 9-race program and a first-race post time of 2 p.m. The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a guaranteed pool of $400,000. There will also be an $11,452.52 carryover in the Super Hi-5.