10/09/2011 10:16AM

Calder: Big Drama ignores wet weather to prep for Breeders' Cup Sprint

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Big Drama will have one more serious workout next weekend as he trains up to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

MIAMI-  Despite rainfall in excess of six inches over the local area within the past 24 hours, Big Drama was able to get back to work on Sunday morning,  breezing an easy half-mile in 49.40 seconds over a sloppy track at Calder.  The work was the first for the reigning Eclipse Award winner since he was scratched from the Grade 1 Vosburgh eight days ago due to a temperature.

“It was kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation regarding the decision to work him this morning,” said trainer David Fawkes. “But there is certainly no assurance conditions will be any better tomorrow or even Tuesday and the track was actually in pretty good shape, all things considered, this morning,  especially if you stayed off the rail like he did.”

Big Drama, who has started just twice since capturing the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and only once since setting a track record winning Gulfstream Park’s Mr. Prospector on Jan. 15, will not have another prep race prior to returning to Churchill Downs to defend his Sprint title on Nov. 5.

“We broke him off at the 5 ½-furlong pole this morning and he went very slow to the three- eighths, then came home to the wire in  36 and change and galloped out really strong,” said Fawkes. “I needed to get something into him, even something easy like this, to keep him on schedule.”

Fawkes said he plans to bring Big Drama back with a harder work next weekend. That workout could come between races during Calder’s Festival of the Sun program on Saturday.

Fawkes also said Hot Summer, winner of the Grade 3 Comely and Victory Ride stakes earlier this year, will make her next start in Keeneland’s seven-furlong . Grade 2 Raven Run on Oct. 22.  Hot Summer breezed an easy half-mile over a sloppy track in 50.00 at Calder on Saturday.