Big Drama kicked off his 2011 campaign in stellar fashion with a track record-setting performance in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 15. The 5-year-old son of Montbrook, who was last seen winning the 2010 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), blazed the six furlongs of the Mr. Prospector in 1:08.12 (VIDEO).
Big Drama zipped through fractions of :22.12 and :44.43 before being tackled by last year’s Mr. Prospector winner, Custom for Carlos, at the top of the stretch. The pair dueled briefly in upper stretch, but Big Drama kicked clear at the sixteenth-pole to go on to win by four lengths.
Big Drama’s win was the fourth graded stakes victory of his career and ninth stakes win overall. Bred in Florida by his owner Harold Queen, Big Drama has earned $2.699,560, with a record of 10-4-1 in 17 starts.
With the Eclipse Awards coming on Monday, Jan. 17 in south Florida, this could be a very special weekend for Big Drama's connections, as he is one of the finalists for the award for best sprinter. During his 2010 campaign, Big Drama won the Ponche H. and Smile Sprint H. (G2), both at Calder, before his Breeders’ Cup score at Churchill Downs.
"He showed how good he is," trainer David Fawkes said after the Mr. Prospector. "He wasn’t even blowing when he came back. Now we’ll keep our fingers crossed until Monday night. The goal for the season is to get back to the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs. In the meantime, it’s one race at a time. It’s possible he could run here again, but he will get some breaks as the season goes along, so we’ll see. We don’t have anything planned for his next start right now.”