Harold Queen’s Big Drama, who won the Delta Jackpot (Grade III) and swept the Florida Stallion Stakes series last year at Calder Race Course, is no longer being pointed toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and wagering on the colt has been suspended for Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), which opens its four-day run on Thursday, March 12.

The official rules of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager state that betting will be suspended on any wagering interest if it is definitely determined that the horse will not compete in the Kentucky Derby. If that determination is made while the four-day wagering pool is underway, wagering is suspended immediately, but money already wagered on the horse remains in the pool. There are no scratches or refunds in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

The defection of Big Drama leaves 23 betting interests in KDFW Pool 2, including a mutuel field (wagering interest #24) that includes all 3-year-olds other than the 22 individual horses that remain in the pool. Wagering on the March 12-15 pool, the first in the Derby Future Bet’s 11-year history to offer exacta betting, is scheduled to open at noon (all times EDT) on Thursday. Betting on the pool will conclude on Sunday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The company Kentucky Oaks Future Wager pool also opens at noon on March 12, but will close at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Trainer David Fawkes told Daily Racing Form that a minor injury suffered earlier in the year has hampered Big Drama’s training to the point that he now off the Kentucky Derby Trail. Big Drama suffered a bone bruise in a stall mishap that required minor surgery, but the healing process took several weeks. The “Run for the Roses” will be run on Saturday, May 2 at Churchill Downs, and Fawkes said there is not enough time to get his colt ready for his best effort in the 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds.

“He's doing well, but because of the missed time, the prudent thing to do right now is not to rush him to try to get a two-turn prep and make the Derby,” Fawkes told DRF’s Mike Welsch. “We're just going to take our time.”

Big Drama was listed as a 30-1 risk in the morning line odds for KDFW Pool 2. He had closed at odds of 48-1 in February’s first of three 2009 KDFW pools. The year’s final pool is set for April 2-5.
Real-time odds on Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are available on the official Kentucky Derby Web site at http://www.kentuckyderby.com.

2009 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 2
March 12-15
Number Wagering Interest Morning line odds
1 Bear’s Rocket* 50-1
2 Beethoven 30-1
3 Big Drama SUSPENDED
4 Chocolate Candy 30-1
5 Desert Party* 30-1
6 Dunkirk* 12-1
7 Flying Pegasus 20-1
8 Friesan Fire 12-1
9 General Quarters* 30-1
10 Giant Oak 20-1
11 Hello Broadway 30-1
12 I Want Revenge 10-1
13 Imperial Council* 20-1
14 Old Fashioned 8-1
15 Papa Clem 15-1
16 Patena 15-1
17 Pioneerof the Nile 10-1
18 Quality Road (N)* 12-1
19 Silver City 30-1
20 Take the Points* 30-1
21 The Pamplemousse 10-1
22 Theregoesjojo* 15-1
23 West Side Bernie 30-1
24 Mutuel Field (All Others) 8-1
* New Wagering Interest in Pool 2 (N) – Not nominated to Triple Crown
Morning Line odds by Mike Battaglia