Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Big Drama, one of Florida's three freshman sires who was bred to more than 100 mares his first season at stud, is one of five who have had their first runner. Biggest Drama, bred by Joe and Helen Barbazon at Ocala's Pleasant Acres Farm, finished third in a $48,000 maiden special at Gulfstream Park, and banked $4,660 for the effort.
The 4 1/2-furlong race was won by Moment Is Right, bred in Kentucky by Ocala's Woodford Thoroughbreds, who negotiated the distance in a quick 51.96 after posting sizzling fractions of 21.78 and 45.58. The track record is 51.09. The colt trained by Wesley Ward, who seems to win a majority of the early 2-year-old races at various tracks every year, ran away and hid by 8 1/2 lengths.
Big Drama stood at Ocala's now defunct Stonewall Farm his first few years, but after owner Richard Haisfield hightailed it to back to Kentucky for a year or so, the former champion sprinter was relocated to Bridlewood Farm by his owner, Harold Queen. Thus far, Journeyman Stud's Brooks n' Down is the only Florida freshman to have a winner. Double Diamond Farm's First Dude has a second, as does Ward Ranch's Iqbaal, while Big Drama has his third. Northwest Stud's Gone Astray, who had a colt sell for $435,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Sale at Timonium on Monday, has had one runner who finished off the board.
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