10/16/2010 1:36PM

Big Drama works five furlongs at Calder for BC Sprint


MIAMI – Big Drama worked five furlongs in 1:00.76 seconds on Saturday over a fast but cuppy racetrack at Calder as he continues to prepare for his appearance in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

Working after the renovation break, Big Drama jogged once around the track alongside a pony, backing up to the wire before turning around and eventually breaking off at the five-furlong pole. After going an easy opening quarter in 12.50 seconds, he gradually picked up the pace, posting splits of 24.62, 36.38, and 48.50 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.08.

“I thought it was a good move,” said trainer David Fawkes who observed the work from the finish line. “He finished well, he went the last quarter in just over 24 over a track that was kind of dead this morning.”

Big Drama, runner-up in both the Grade 2 Alfred Vanderbilt and Grade 1 Forego in his last two starts, is currently scheduled to have two more works at Calder before shipping to Churchill Downs early Breeders’ Cup week.