Immediately after Homedrill finished third for Get Away Farm at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 30, Manny Andrade sold the son of Drill privately to trainer David Fawkes and the Fightin Irish Stable. Fawkes waited just three weeks to get a handle on the colt whose dam, Homesteader has been perfect in the breeding shed. She has produced eight foals and all have won, including stakes-winners Conquest Two Step, Sheikh of Sheikhs and Homemade Salsa.
Fawkes moved Homedrill up in class with Paco Lopez aboard and the talented rider showed why he is in such great demand with the South Florida trainers. He settled the colt into third place behind the pacesetters in the 7 1/2-furlong turf race, let him loose on the turn, and Homedrill sprinted down the stretch, reaching the wire nearly three lengths in front. He became Drill's first winner of 2019 and his new owners received a nice return on investment of $15,300.