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(gr. III , 7f , to Massive Drama, defeating Meal Penalty, Bob Black Jack, Reel Prime, Red Hot Flame, Courageous Son, Drewthegentleman, Larrys Revenge, Sky Cape, Run Brother Ron ).
Massive Drama was a cool customer as he led from start to finish and defeated Into Mischief by 13/4 lengths in the Nov. 22 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.
The 2-year-old Kafwain colt, who is trained by Bob Baffert, was making his second career start after breaking his maiden at first asking in October. The colt is owned by Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables, and he kicked off a successful graded stakes weekend for the operation. The Zayat colors were also carried to victory by Thorn Song in the Nov. 23 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) and Mushka in the Nov. 24 Demoiselle Stakes (gr. II).
Massive Drama was purchased by Zayat for $485,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. He previously was sold as a weanling to Simmons Bloodstock for $40,000 at the 2005 Keeneland November mixed sale by Dream Chase Farm, agent.
Clay and Mena Neel bred Massive Drama in Kentucky out of the stakes-winning Slewacide mare Peyvon. They purchased the mare for $10,000 at the 2004 Keeneland January mixed sale from Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.
“We used to own Slewacide, and we also raised Peyvon’s dam, (stakes-placed) Mary Pat,” Clay Neel said. “Slewacide was really good to us, and we think he is really undervalued as a broodmare sire. He sired the dam of Funny Cide even though he has had limited opportunities as a broodmare sire.”
The Neels sold Dream Chase Farm to Old Friends last year for $1,195,000, and now operate Neel Ranch. They are mainly involved with pinhooking but will breed about five mares next year.
“We sold Massive Drama as a weanling because we were selling farms and moving, and this new farm was just raw land, so we decided to sell our weanlings,” Neel said. “He had the best mind of any weanling that we have ever raised, and that is going back 50 years. You could do anything to him that you wanted, and he never balked.”
Massive Drama is the first foal out of Peyvon. The 10-year-old chestnut mare aborted a Candy Ride foal in 2006 and has a weanling Woke Up Dreamin filly that the Neels plan on keeping. Peyvon is in foal to Tapit.
Freshman sire Kafwain is the sire of four stakes winners including additional 2007 added-money winners Yonegwa, Kadira, and Hartfelt. The 7-year-old son of Cherokee Run will stand the 2008 season at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley near Lexington for a fee of $10,000.—A.H.D.
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