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Big Drama goes wire to wire in Sprint

11/6/2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Big Drama, under Eibar Coa, broke on top and never relinquished his position en route to a 1 1/2-length victory in Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.

Hamazing Destiny, a 23-1 longshot, rallied from eighth to get second by a neck over Smiling Tiger, who finished a head in front of Supreme Summit.

Breaking from the rail, which did not appear to be the best part of the track early in the day, Eibar Coa hustled Big Drama to the front through a first quarter of 21.34 seconds, a half-mile in 44.55, five furlongs in 56.42 and he covered the six furlongs in 1:09.02. Big Drama returned $12.40 as the 5-1 co-second choice.

It was the ninth victory from 16 starts for Big Drama, a 4-year-old son of Montbrook owned by Harold Queen and trained by David Fawkes. It was his first Grade 1 victory after having running second in both the Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Forego this summer in Saratoga.

It was the first Breeders' Cup win for Queen, who had run Burning Roma in 2000, and for Fawkes, who was making his Breeders' Cup debut in the Sprint. It was the first Breeders' Cup victory for Coa, who had been 0 for 17 previously.

Atta Boy Roy was pulled up galloping out under Calvin Borel. The horse was vanned off with an injury to the suspensory ligament to his right foreleg, according to Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith, the on-call veterinarian for the American Association of Equine Practitioners.