Champion and multiple grade I winner War Pass died Dec. 24 at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. The 5-year-old stallion had just arrived the evening before in good order from standing his second Southern Hemisphere season at Widden Stud in Australia.
The morning of his death, War Pass showed no signs of illness or injury. He was turned out in his paddock and died several hours later. Preliminary necropsy results are inconclusive.
Big Drama set a Gulfstream Park track record on Saturday, taking the first half of what could be a big weekend on-track and off-track double.
On the track, the 5-year-old Big Drama ran six furlongs in a blistering 1:08.12 in winning the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (Grade 3).
Big Drama and jockey Eibar Coa turned back a challenge by Custom for Carlos in mid-stretch and went on to win by four lengths. He broke Gulfstream's six-furlong record of 1:08.46 that Tiger set in 2006.
``He wasn't even blowing when he came back [to the winner's circle],'' said David Fawkes, the trainer of Big Drama.
The Mr. Prospector was the first race for Big Drama since last Nov. 6 when he won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (Grade 1), at six furlongs at Churchill Downs.
Fawkes said he is unsure when Big Drama will race again.
Gulfstream's next sprint stakes is the seven-furlong $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint (Grade 2) on Feb. 12.
Fawkes said the ``goal for the season'' is to get the Florida-bred son of Montbrook to the 2011 Breeders' Cup Sprint.
The race will be Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
True, you could tell they were leaning that way after the media awards at the start - two of them were given simply for being centered around Zenyatta.
And spring can't come soon enough - after sitting here in the cold seeing all those replays of epic calls from the summer, I feel like I should be flipping to the Late Double or pouring another whiskey-tea and going in the pool.