Red Legend S.
( 7f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Montbrook Riveting Drama , by Notebook
BHarold L. Queen, FL.; OHarold L. Queen; TDavid Fawkes
Trippi Never Yield , by High Yield
BDennis Barbierri, FL.; OFlying Dutchman Thoroughbreds; TDerek S. Ryan
Wheaton Roberta Grump , by Verification
BRobert H. Lloyd, WV.; OMark E. Russell; TJames W. Casey
Margins: 7, ¾, neck. Others: Forty Thieves 118($12,000) , Ju Jitsu Jax 118($7,200) , Gabriel's Smile 124($4,800) , It Happened Again 121($2,500) , Azul Leon 115($2,500) , Great Love 124($2,500) , Lyin' Heart 117($2,500) . Winning Jockey, Eibar Coa.
Big Drama, who pressed the pace in the BlackBerry Preakness Stakes (gr. I), proved an easy winner of the June 20 Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town Races and Slots. The 1-2 favorite, Big Drama increased his lead from 11Ú2 lengths at the eighth pole to seven lengths under the wire. He earned $144,000 to up his career earnings to $1,067,250.
Trained by David Fawkes for breeder/owner Harold Queen, Big Drama arrived back in his barn at Monmouth Park the day after the Red Legend. The conditioner has narrowed the coltÕs next possible starts down to the Aug. 1 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, where he might meet Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird; the Aug. 2 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park; and the Aug. 29 NetJets KingÕs Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
By Montbrook, Big Drama showed plenty of ability in his two earlier races this year. He finished first in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park in March in track-record time of 1:20.88 but was disqualified for interfering with This Ones for Phil in the final furlong and placed second. In his next start, the May 16 Preakness, Big Drama ran second behind eventual winner Rachel Alexandra for much of the way before weakening in mid-stretch and finishing fifth.
At Calder Race Course last year, Big Drama won all three Florida Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old males: the Affirmed, Dr. Fager, and In Reality divisions. In his sole graded outing last year, he won the Boyd GamingÕs Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs.
Queen keeps Big DramaÕs dam, Riveting Drama, at his farm near Ocala, Fla. The farm, Hal Queen Farm, is located in the Nelson Jones Training Complex, which is located on acreage that once was part of Fred HooperÕs farm. Hooper raced such stars as Hall of Fame filly SusanÕs Girl and 1945 Kentucky Derby winner Hoop, Jr.
Riveting Drama produced a Burning Roma filly this year and is back in foal to him. Burning Roma won the 2000 Futurity Stakes (gr. I) and 11 other added-money races for Queen.
Montbrook has sired 41 stakes winners, including additional 2009 added-money winners Oilgonewile and Shadowbdancing. Montbrook stands for $10,000 at Michael OÕFarrellÕs Ocala Stud Farm near Ocala, Fla.ÑD.S