Race day is nap time for Tribal Drama. And that’s a good thing.
Like his daddy did before him, Tribal Drama enjoys catching a few Zzzz’s in his stall before kicking into gear on the track — a habit trainer David Fawkes hopes his swift 2-year-old repeats on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
That’s when Tribal Drama will go to post as the possible favorite in the $500,000 In Reality, the final leg of the Florida Sire Stakes. The colt woke up in time to win his previous race, the Affirmed, by a neck over Abercorn.
“He was sound asleep, just like his daddy used to do,” Fawkes said, referring to Big Drama, his Eclipse champion sprinter from 2010. “His daddy was the same way; he’d go to sleep before his races. He’d get up, have a little breakfast and then lie back down again, which is great.”
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The 1 1/16-mile In Reality is one of two co-features on Saturday’s card, with 2-year-old fillies going in $500,000 My Dear Girl, also at 1 1/16 miles.
With stretch-running Abercorn returning to take on Tribal Drama in a rematch of their previous encounter, the In Reality’s extra distance could challenge handicappers.
“You’ve got to think that the horse [Abercorn] that ran second last time will be closing again,” Fawkes said.
With $500,000 in purse money on the line, there is no shortage of challengers. A full field of 14 was entered.
On the filly side, Ballet Diva looks to follow her victory in the seven-furlong Susan’s Girl with another win in the My Dear Girl for trainer Stanley Gold.
“You know where she’s going to be,” Gold said of Ballet Diva’s front-running style. “Will she stay there [to the finish]? We’ll find out.”