Calder: Fort Loudon, Queen Drama Work
September 19, 2011 11:36am

Jacks or Better Farms’ 2-year-old colt Fort Loudon and Harold Queen’s 2-year-old filly Queen Drama won the $125,000 Affirmed and $125,000 Susan’s Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes at seven furlongs, respectively, last out on Juvenile Showcase day, Aug. 27, at Calder Casino & Race Course, and both posted workouts Sunday morning.


Fort Loudon was timed a mile in 1:42 3/5 for trainer Stanley Gold and will bid for a sweep of the three ‘open’ divisions of the FSS in the $300,000 In Reality Division finale at 1 1/16 miles on Festival of the Sun day, Sat., Oct. 15. A Florida homebred by Awesome of Course, Fort Loudon won the Affirmed by two lengths following a 1 ¼ lengths victory in the $75,000 Dr. Fager Division on Aug. 6.


Gold also had Jacks or Better’s homebred filly Awesome Belle out to breeze five furlongs in 1:02 as she is being pointed for the $300,000 My Dear Girl Division finale at 1 1/16 miles on Festival day. She too is by Awesome of Course and finished third last out in the Susan’s Girl won by Queen Drama with Jacks or Better’s Redbud Road second, the latter also on target for the My Dear Girl.


Coincidentally, Sunday morning, former Jacks or Better star Awesome Feather worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Belmont Park for trainer Chad Brown as the 3-year-old daughter of Awesome of Course appears near her first start since winning the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 to complete and undefeated Eclipse championship campaign.


Awesome Feather won her first five races at Calder for Jacks or Better and Gold, including a sweep of the three filly divisions of the FSS series, winning the My Dear Girl by 8 ¼ lengths before a 2 ¼ lengths victory in the Breeders’ Cup. She was sold days two later at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sales to Frank Stronach for $2.3 million, but her return was delayed by tendon issues.


Jacks or Better will have two contenders in the My Dear Girl with Redbud Road and Awesome Belle and likely two as well in the In Reality with Fort Loudon and stablemate Argentine Tango, a homebred son of Black Mambo that finished second to his Fort Loudon in both the Dr. Fager and Affirmed. Jacks or Better and Gold swept the three ‘open divisions of the FSS series in 2009 with Jackson Bend.


Queen Drama worked a sharp half-mile in 48 4/5 Sunday morning for trainer David Fawkes as she remains on target for the My Dear Girl. The Florida homebred by Burning Roma is a half-sister to Queen’s 2010 Eclipse champion sprinter and Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) hero Big Drama, now a 5-year-old, and full-sister to 3-year-old stakes-winning gelding Little Drama.


Queen Drama finished second to Redbud Road in the $75,000 Desert Vixen Division of the FSS at six furlongs on Aug. 6 and then reversed that result with a nose victory in the Susan’s Girl on Juvenile Showcase day.


The Fawkes stable had a very good day at Calder on Saturday’s Festival Preview program as Queen’s 2-year-old colt Burning Time won the $100,000 Foolish Pleasure Stakes at one mile and 70 yards, earning the son of Burning Roma a chance in the In Reality, and winning the companion event, the $100,000 Brave Raj Stakes with Alex Lieblong’s 2-year-old filly Conway Two Step.


Conway Two Step will now join Queen Drama in the gate for a Fawkes’ double-threat in the My Dear Girl. While Fawkes’ wife and top assistant Celia directed the team’s runners at Calder, David was in West Virginia Saturday to run Queen’s 3-year-old filly Hot Summer in the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks at 10:30 p.m. The daughter of Malibu Moon finished fourth, beaten a neck for third.


Winning the other two stakes on Saturday’s Festival Preview program were Leo Azpurua Jr. and Sr.’s 3-year-old colt Manicero capturing the $75,000 Needles Stakes in his first start on turf and Gary Aiken’s 3-year-old filly Callmethesqueeze the companion $75,000 Judy’s Red Shoes Stakes to remain perfect in three starts on turf for trainer Manny Azpurua, uncle of trainer Leo Azpurua, Jr.


Manicero can come back in the $75,000 Tropical Park Derby to be run on Festival day, Oct. 15, and Callmethesqueeze in the $75,000 France A. Genter Stakes that afternoon. In addition to the In Reality, My Dear Girl, Tropical Park Derby and Frances A. Genter, the Festival day stakes line-up will include the $100,000 Spend a Buck Handicap (G3) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles.






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