09/04/2008 11:00PM

You Luckie Mann needs clean break


MIAMI - Big Drama has used his abundant speed to win each of his last two starts, including the six-furlong Dr. Fager Stakes, first leg of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. But Big Drama's speed does not scare trainer Marty Wolfson, who plans to take the race right to him with You Luckie Mann in Saturday's $150,000 Affirmed Stakes at Calder.

The Affirmed shares top billing on the Juvenile Showcase program with its filly counterpart, the $150,000 Susan's Girl. The seven-furlong middle legs of the Stallion Series are two of the six stakes on a 12-race card made up entirely of 2-year-old races.

You Luckie Mann was bet to 3-5 in the Dr. Fager off his 14 3/4-length debut win three weeks earlier. But bad luck at the start took him right out of the race, opening the door for Big Drama to register a three-length victory under leading rider Paco Lopez.

"He hit the side of the gate in a couple of works coming up to his first start and he got a little antsy before the start and did it again in the Dr. Fager," Wolfson said. "Then, to compound matters, a couple of horses came over on him right after the break and he also wound up out in the middle of the track around the turn. With all that, I was happy he ran third."

Wolfson will turn the reins over to Javier Santiago for the Affirmed and plans to instruct his rider to send You Luckie Mann right for the lead. You Luckie Mann breaks from post 7, with Big Drama on the outside in the field of eight.

"I love my post - we're on the outside but inside Big Drama - and I want to be in front if we can," said Wolfson. "That other horse is quick, but my horse is very fast too."

David Fawkes, who trains Big Drama for owner-breeder Harold Queen, seemed unconcerned about the possibility of facing an early challenge for the lead.

"Marty said he was going to the lead last time, too, and look what happened," Fawkes said with a chuckle. "My colt sat off the speed for a bit last time and won, and the way he ran, the extra furlong certainly doesn't worry me. We're in the outside post, so from there we should be able to dictate the race. My horse certainly has enough speed to do what he wants. He won't be too far back, that's for sure."

Adding to the potential for a hot pace in the Affirmed is the presence of recent maiden winner Three Part Harmony, who overcame a slow break to score by eight lengths in his second start. A son of Concerto, Three Part Harmony subsequently turned in a bullet five-furlong work for trainer Jose Pinchin.

A contested pace could play into the hands of Bee Cee Cee, who finished second in the Dr. Fager despite rallying along what appeared to be the deeper going near the rail that day. Bee Cee Cee is already a stakes winner, having come from off the pace to capture the BL's Sweep on June 15.

This One's for Phil was also involved in the bumping incident after the start of the Dr. Fager, and is capable of improving on his fifth-place finish that day if he starts. This One's for Phil is cross-entered in the one-mile Seacliff Stakes earlier on the card.

La Chica Sensual figures to be odds-on to add the Susan's Girl to her easy 8 1/4-length victory in the six-furlong Desert Vixen Stakes. A former claimer, La Chica Sensual will again be ridden by jockey Ray Fuentes for trainer Pablo Andrade.

Black Russian, Aroma de Mujer, and Trippi's Greatstar, second, third, and fourth in the Desert Vixen, will try the favorite once again in the Susan's Girl, hoping the extra furlong could make a difference in the rematch.

Max Speed, Diced N Sliced, and Cinque Belle complete the lineup.