10/17/2008 11:00PM

Big Drama sweeps Florida Stallion series


Big Drama left little doubt he is the king of the local 2-year-old division after drawing off to a convincing five-length triumph over Three Part Harmony and 10 other overmatched rivals in Saturday's $400,000 In Reality Stakes. The victory gave Big Drama the distinction of becoming only the sixth horse to sweep all three legs of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, and it was the highlight of Calder's Festival of the Sun card.

Big Drama, on the pace before cruising to easy wins in both the six-furlong Dr. Fager and seven-furlong Affirmed Division, was rated two lengths off the early lead of Three Part Harmony who posted modest splits of 24.48 seconds, 49.65, and 1:14.13 for six furlongs. Big Drama was able to find room inside Three Part Harmony when sent up to challenge for the lead midway around the second turn before edging clear in the stretch.

Three Part Harmony, who was also runner-up to Big Drama in the Affirmed, held on willingly once relinquishing the advantage to finish 2 1/2 lengths in front of Edgemoor to again be second-best.

Big Drama covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.12 over a fast track and paid $4.

"I was surprised to see Three Part Harmony want the lead and then hold us in there," said David Fawkes, who trains Big Drama for owner-breeder Harold Queen. "This horse overcame a lot today - showed he has a lot of guts."

La Chica Sensual came within a head of sweeping the filly division of the Stallion Stakes. That was the margin by which she lost the middle leg of the series, the seven-furlong Susan's Girl, to Aroma de Mujer.

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La Chica Sensual avenged that setback in style, looping the field around the final bend before drawing off to a dominant 4 1/2-length win over Trippi's Greatstar in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Stakes. Exe rallied belatedly for third. Aroma de Mujer stumbled leaving the gate and was never a factor, finishing a distant 12th in the field of 14 juvenile fillies.

La Chica Sensual ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:48.41 under jockey Eddie Castro and returned $4.60.

"It's a shame she couldn't win the Triple Crown, but that's racing," said trainer Pablo Andrade. "We've worked hard to get her this far, and I think she's definitely the best 2-year-old filly on the grounds."