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Harold Queen’s 2-year-old homebred colt Burning Time was timed an easy half-mile in 51 3/5 over a ‘sloppy’ track Sunday morning at Calder Casino & Race Course for trainer David Fawkes in preparation for a start next Saturday in the $300,000 In Reality Division finale of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, a highlight of the track’s annual Festival of the Sun program.          


Burning Time earned a chance in the 1 1/16 miles In Reality with an impressive 2 ½ lengths score in the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure going one mile and 70 yards here last out on Sept. 17, the first time in four career starts he finished first.


A son of Burning Roma, Burning Time was placed first on a disqualification in his debut on July 10 after finishing second, followed by a troubled ninth-place try behind Fort Loudon in the $75,000 Dr. Fager Division of the FSS in early August and second again in the $75,000 Seacliff Stakes going a mile on Aug. 27 before the Foolish Pleasure.


Burning Time is expected to be one of the biggest threats to stop Jacks or Better Farm’s Fort Loudon from a sweep of the three ‘open’ divisions in the In Reality, a triple Fawkes posted with Queen’s emerging star Big Drama as a 2-year-old in 2008. Fawkes and Queen will also be represented in the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division finale of the FSS on the Festival card by homebred filly Drama Queen, who got her final workout Saturday morning.


Fawkes also had Big Drama out on the squally Sunday morning at Calder as the 2010 Eclipse champion sprinter breezed a half-mile in 49 2/5. The son of Montbrook is back home after returning from New York where he was scratched from a planned start in the $350,000 Vosburgh Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park after spiking a temperature the day before.


Fawkes hopes to train Big Drama up to defending his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Sat., Nov. 5, a race in which he also hopes to run Donald Dizney’s 4-year-old Apriority, a troubled 7th in the Vosburgh being bothered significantly at the start.

Battle of Love Can Take Softer Spot on Thursday



Trainer Henry Collazo has had a good year with M E S Stable’s 3-year-old filly Battle of Love as she finished first in five straight races at Calder Casino & Race Course, working her way up from breaking her maiden for a $16,000 claiming tag and no takers in late April, to winning the $63,000 Three Ring Stakes on July 30.


Collazo has Battle of Love nominated for next Saturday’s $75,000 Frances A. Genter Stakes on the Festival of the Sun program, but has another option taking advantage of her conditions to be entered in Thursday’s fifth race, a starter/allowance scheduled for a mile on turf.


Jockey Ruben Silvera has been the regular rider of Battle of Love and is named Thursday in the field of 10. The daughter of A.P. Warrior, purchased for a modest $3,500 at an OBS sale in 2010, has run twice since the Three Ring victory, finishing third as the favorite in the $60,000 Crystal Rail Stakes on Aug. 20 after that race was forced off turf and fifth last out on turf in the $75,000 Judy’s Red Shoes Stakes on Sept. 17.





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