Qui­jote makes de­but as leader in stakes race

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - SPORTS - By Tim Dwyer Cor­re­spon­dent

The first of 10 stakes races catered to older Florida bred horses this sum­mer will be run Satur­day at Gulf­stream Park with the in­au­gu­ral run­ning of the $100,000 Big Drama Stakes.

Afield of 10 geld­ings has drawn into the 7-fur­long af­fair with no clear cut fa­vorite. Qui­jote will start the day with the short­est odds at 4-1. The 4-year-old will be mak­ing his ca­reer de­but at Gulf­stream and his first start for trainer Ar­mando De la cerda.

His most re­cent vic­tory came in a 5 ½-fur­long al­lowance race at the Fair Grounds in Jan­uary that was pulled fromthe turf to the dirt and scratched down to a three horse field. Qui­jote will be seek­ing his first ca­reer stakes vic­tory with meet lead­ing jockey Tyler Gaf­falione aboard.

Just be­hind at 9-2 sits French Quar­ter, who will also be seek­ing his first stakes win. His most re­cent win came at Gulf­stream at 6-fur­longs in March in al­lowance com­pany. French Quar­ter will be sad­dled by David Fawkes, who will have ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion to win as he was the trainer of the race’s Frens name­sake.

Abound­ing Le­gacy, at 5-1, is com­ing off of an April 23 win in a Gulf­stream al­lowance race, where he edged French Quar­terby a neck. Richard the Great fin­ished a halflength back for show in that race. He will go to post in the Big Drama at 6-1 as will Wild­cat Wish. Round­ing out the field is Souper Lucky, Mo Cash, Hy River­side, Aces for John and Very Very Stella.

The Big Drama kicks off the FHBPA/Gulf­stream Park Spring/Sum­mer Stakes Se­ries. The se­ries sub­sti­tutes for the nowde­funct 3-year-old di­vi­sions of the Florida Sire Stakes, which for two years were con­ducted con­cur­rently with the long-stand­ing 2-year-old di­vi­sions.

The ju­ve­nile di­vi­sions will con­tinue to be con­tested at Gulf­stream, but ear­lier this month the Florida Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers’ and Own­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced that two new Florida Sire Stakes races for 3-year-olds will be run at Tampa Bay Downs in De­cem­ber.

Preakness party

Gulf­stream will be host­ing a Preakness Party Satur­day as Florida Derby win­ner Al­ways Dream­ing will at­tempt to cap­ture the sec­ond jewel in rac­ing’s Triple Crown.

In­di­vid­u­als who pur­chase aDaily Rac­ing Form or a Gulf­stream Hand­i­cap­per on track will re­ceive a free Preakness Tshirt. Black-Eyed Susan cock­tails will be avail­able in an of­fi­cial Preakness glass for $10 and Ten Palms restau­rant will of­fer a spe­cial Preakness buf­fet for $59.

Fans will be able to watch and wa­ger on the en­tire day’s race card from Pim­lico.

First post at the Baltimore track is at 10:30 a.m. with the Preakness sched­uled to go off at 6:48 p.m.

First post at Gulf­stream is 1p.m.

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