09/24/2011 9:58AM

Big Drama looks strong in Vosburgh drill

Jim Lisa
Big Drama will leave Thursday for Belmont Park, where he will run in the Vosburgh next Saturday.

MIAMI -  Champion sprinter Big Drama turned in perhaps his best work yet in preparation for next Saturday's Grade 1 Vosburgh when cruising an easy half-mile in 48.18 seconds under jockey Daniel Centeno shortly after the renovation break Saturday at Calder.

Big Drama warmed up by jogging a mile the wrong way alongside a stable pony before turning back around and breaking off at the half-mile pole. Big Drama was in hand throughout while posting splits of 12.59, 24.57 and 36.30. He picked up some unexpected company when hooking up with a horse from trainer Manny Tortora's barn at the three-eighths pole, and easily pulled away from the workmate to finish seven lengths clear at the wire. Big Drama  galloped out five-eighths in 1:00.30 before pulling up six furlongs in 1:15. Although Centeno breezed Big Drama, Ramon Dominguez will be aboard the defending Eclipse Award and Breeders' Cup Sprint champion in the Vosburgh.

“I thought that was excellent, his best work yet since we’ve had him back here,” said trainer David Fawkes. “He got a little hot this morning but it was quite humid and he spent a lot of time out there on the track. I don’t think he likes being messed with going alongside the pony like that. But I’m not worried about it. That’s just him.”
Big Drama was sidelined for nearly eight months after setting a track record winning Gulfstream Park’s Mr. Prospector in his 2011 debut in January. He returned to capture the Whippleton overnight stakes here on Sept. 4.  
Fawkes said Big Drama will fly to New York on Thursday for the Vosburgh at Belmont Park.