Harold Queen's 4-year-old homebred colt Big Drama was the impressive gate-to-wire winner of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 6 for Calder-based trainer David Fawkes. Eibar Coa was the winning jockey.
"I wanted him off the rail," said Fawkes after the race. "And he (jockey Eibar Coa) floated him off the rail. He did everything perfectly. He went wire-to-wire; how about that?
"Our plan was always to sprint him," Fawkes continued. "But we wanted to take advantage of his three-year-old season and the Triple Crown races. After his layoff (Aug. 2009 to June 2010), that's when we started to sprint him. I was pretty confident in him after his last work at Calder. Calder is a deeper, more tiring track."
Big Drama won the 2010 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) at Calder's Summit of Speed in July. He was also the 2-year-old hero of 2008 after sweeping the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder.
After winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Coa said, "We weren't happy about the post position, so we knew we had to work on that. But on our side was the fact that he always gets out of the gate good and has speed to get good position.
"Today, he broke sharp and we got the lead and kept going. He did everything on his own to the stretch. When the rest started coming to me, he just pushed harder and won."