West Point Thoroughbreds went outside the box at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training, acquiring its first-ever Oklahoma-bred, with the assessment that a bay son of Dramedy looked like a colt who could compete anywhere. After reaffirming that thought in his training over the last couple months, Little Drama delivered on it with a big exclamation mark in his debut Sunday.
There was no drama whatsoever as Little Drama, named with a nod to his sire Dramedy and dam Small Moves, shot to the lead at 2-to-5 odds in a field that had scratched down to just two other horses. Under Kendrick Carmouche, he was straight and strong throughout and crossed the wire five lengths in front and completed the five furlongs in a sharp 57.75. He earned an exceptional 85 Beyer speed figure.
Little Drama capped a far-flung weekend for the West Point roster that saw Jaxon Traveler earn his first Graded stakes credential with a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Chick Lang Stakes on Preakness day at Pimlico for trainer Steve Asmussen. In the main event the previous day in Baltimore, Lady Traveler finished a gallant third after setting the pace and fighting hard through the stretch in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) for Dale Romans.
At Dale’s home base on Saturday, Bear Alley ran like a grizzly at Churchill Downs for the second time in 17 days, dictating things out front and digging in late to hold off the favorite and win by a nose in a $102,000 allowance. Bear Alley doubled up after breaking his maiden at Churchill on April 28.
Little Drama Wins Career Debut at Belmont:
Bear Alley Takes Two in a Row at Churchill: