Drama has become a way of life for David Fawkes, and that’s a good thing.
The trainer of champion sprinter Big Drama now has one of his offspring — Tribal Drama — showing early signs of like-father-like-son.
Fawkes will send out Tribal Drama in Saturday’s $300,000 Affirmed Division of the Florida Sire Stakes, one of six stakes on Gulfstream Park’s 12-race program.
Tribal Drama, fresh off a 5 3/4-length victory in his debut, is the 5-2 morning-one favorite in the seven-furlong Affirmed, middle leg of the Sire Stakes series for 2-year-olds.
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“He did everything right,” Fawkes said of the colt’s first career race. “He’s done nothing wrong since he’s been here.”
Fawkes also trains Big Drama’s half-sister, Sheer Drama, winner of last week’s Grade I Personal Ensign at Saratoga.
Saturday’s card also features the $300,000 Susan’s Girl Division of the Sire Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
Ballet Diva is the 2-1 program favorite for the seven-furlong stakes even though she was upset by It’s High Time in the opening leg of the series, the Desert Vixen Division on Aug. 8. It’s High Time is listed at 6-1.
Ballet Diva is trained by Stanley Gold, who holds the record for Sire Stakes victories with 17.
Full fields of 12 are set for both the Affirmed and Susan’s Girl divisions.
Gulfstream’s card includes four other stakes.