04/15/2009 12:00AM

Big Drama has Preakness in sight


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer David Fawkes announced last month that Big Drama would bypass the Kentucky Derby despite having enough graded earnings and certainly enough talent to warrant a run for the roses on May 2. Even though Big Drama set a course record at Gulfstream Park in his 3-year-old debut, Fawkes and owner-breeder Harold Queen are staying true to their word and have decided to skip the Derby and await the Preakness on May 16.

"If everything works out right, we'll go directly into the Preakness, with the Lone Star Derby as our backup plan," Fawkes confirmed on Wednesday. "Obviously going to the Derby is very tempting, but it's a long year and Mr. Queen wants to do what's best for his horse and not burn him out in one day. We had considered running in the Withers as a prep for the Preakness, but ultimately decided to give him a little more time coming off his last start. If you look back on the form, the bigger the break he's had, the faster he runs."

The biggest break of Big Drama's career came before his last start, a hiatus of nearly four months between his victory in the Delta Jackpot in his 2-year-old finale in early December and the Swale here on March 28. Big Drama certainly couldn't have run much faster than he did in his comeback, seven furlongs in 1:20.88. Unfortunately for Fawkes and Queen, Big Drama was disqualified from first and placed second for interfering with This Ones for Phil in the final strides of the Swale.

"He wasn't really knocked out, per se, from the Swale," said Fawkes. "But he does give his all when he runs and just needs adequate time to recuperate. Training him up to the Preakness should not be a problem. Nor will the stretch from seven furlongs to a mile and three-sixteenths. He's done everything we've asked him to do up to this point."

Fawkes said Big Drama will have his first workout since the Swale this weekend at Calder.

"He'll work at Calder on Sunday or Monday and stay on that schedule right up to his next start," said Fawkes.

Albertrani goes for seven

Trainer Tom Albertrani will likely be favored to post his seventh stakes win of the meet when he sends out My Magic Moment against eight other 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $50,000 Boynton Beach. The one-mile Boynton Beach is the final race on the 2009 Gulfstream stakes schedule.

Among My Magic Moment's opponents are two-time stakes winner Oilgonewile, the multiple stakes placed Ameribelle, and stakes winner Exe.

Saturday's card also includes three allowance races topped by a high-priced optional claiming event on the grass that will see the return of Old Man Buck. A member of the 2007 Breeders' Cup Juvenile field, Old Man Buck finished third in Keeneland's Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at 2, and has not started since finishing fifth in an overnight stakes at Ellis Park in August.

* Buddy's Humor, winner of the Grade 3 Pan American in his last start, remains sharp after working six furlongs in a brisk 1:11.20 seconds here Wednesday. The Pan Am retained its graded status despite being moved from the turf to a sloppy main track.

* Keep the Peace topped Wednesday's work tab at Palm Meadows after drilling five-eighths in 1:00.60 for trainer Eddie Kenneally. Keep the Peace is coming off a third-place finish behind Game Face and Any Limit in the Grade 2 Inside Information on March 15.