Harold Queen’s homebred 2-year-old Little Drama, a half-brother to Graded stakes winner Big Drama, broke his maiden in the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial Stakes at Calder’s Summit of Speed on Saturday for trainer Dave Fawkes. Jockey Eibar Coa was aboard for the victory.
Little Drama broke first out of the gate in the 5 ½ furlongs sprint race and was never challenged as he cruised on to a 9 ½ -length victory over Alley Oop Oop. Vee’s Accolade was just a half-length back in third place. Grande Shores, the morning-line favorite in the race, lost his rider, Jeffrey Sanchez shortly after the break. Fortunately, neither horse nor rider was hurt.
Little Drama covered the distance in 1:05.59 and paid $6.80, $3.80, and $2.80. The Florida-bred earned $60,000 for the win. In his career debut on June 12, Little Drama finished second behind Alley Oop Oop.
Winning trainer quotes:
Dave Fawkes — “He was unlucky not to win his first start. He clipped heels in the race (backstretch) and still just got beat (second). He indicated from the beginning that he was going to be a nice horse. He always did everything right. He’s eligible for the (Florida) Stallion Stakes series and we’ll keep him right here for that.”
(Note: Little Drama’s 4-year-old half-brother Big Drama swept the three ‘open’ divisions of the Stallion Stakes series in 2008.)
Winning jockey’s quotes:
Eibar Coa – “I was impressed with this horse today because he showed a lot of class and with the way he handled himself in the race. In the post parade, and even in the starting gate, he’s still a little bit green like most 2-year-olds. His potential is unlimited; if he improves at all he can be any kind of horse in the future.”