Harold Queen’s Florida homebred Big Drama worked six furlongs at Calder Casino & Race Oct. 15 between the third and fourth race.
The son of Montbrook is continuing his preparation to defend his title in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.
Big Drama was timed in 1:13 4/5 during the public workout. The splits were :13.10, :25.16, :37.16, :49.09, 1.01.49, 1.13.87, galloping out in 1:27. Jockey Daniel Centeno was aboard for trainer David Fawkes.
“That was excellent,” said Fawkes after the breeze. “He did everything right. I wanted to work between races to keep him interested. He’ll work here again next Saturday (Oct. 22) and then one more time, probably the next Saturday (Oct. 29).
“I don’t need to work him at Churchill. We didn’t last year. I don’t want to change anything, so we’ll probably van him up there that Sunday or Monday (Oct. 30-31).
Big Drama has won each of his two starts in 2011, the Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park in January and the Whippleton overnight stakes at Calder on Sept. 4 following a lengthy freshening on the farm. He missed a planned start in the $350,000 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park on Oct. 1 after spiking a fever the day before, leaving Fawkes to train him up to the $1.5 million BC Sprint.