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Queen Drama Nearing Debut

Owner-breeder Harold Queen and trainer David Fawkes have made news the last several seasons through the accomplishments of now 5-year-old Big Drama, sealing an Eclipse champion sprinter campaign in 2010 with his stunning victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs, and 3-year-old half-brother Little Drama also showing promise competing in Graded stakes earlier this year at Gulfstream Park.

The two siblings out of Riveting Drama, by Notebook, now have a 2-year-old sister in the barn currently at Calder Casino & Race Course as Queen Drama posted her second recorded workout Sunday morning, timed a half-mile in 50 3/5. The daughter of Burning Roma is a full-brother to Little Drama and a half-brother to Big Drama (Montbrook).

Big Drama emerged as the leading 2-year-old colt developed at Calder in 2008 when he swept the three ‘open’ divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes series and began his Eclipse champion season last year winning the $65,000 Ponche Handicap in June and $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) on Summit of Speed day here in July.

Little Drama won the $100,000 Frank Gomez Memorial by 9 ½ lengths here last summer on Summit day in his second career start. In three appearances this season he finished third in the $150,000 Hutcheson Stakes (G2) and $150,000 Swale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream and won the $75,000 Philmont Stakes last out at Parx on Apr. 26.

Little Drama is currently based with Fawkes’ division stabled at Belmont Park this summer and breezed a half-mile on the training track there in 49 Saturday morning, but could be back at Calder for the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes to be run on Summit day this year on Sat., July 9. Little Drama is nominated to the $250,000 Woody Stephen Stakes (G2) to be run at seven furlongs on Belmont Day, Sat., June 11, a race that has frequently yielded prospects for the Carry Back.



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