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Dramedy connects at 30-1 in G2 $250,000 Elkhorn

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Dramedy had never won a stakes race, and he was dueling with a fresh horse named My Afleet when far out front of their opposition Saturday in the Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland.
Despite those supposed handicaps, the 6-year-old Dramedy fought on, outlasting a pair of on-rushing favorites to pull a 30-1 upset in the 30th running of the Grade 2, $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes before a throng of 37,737. Joe Bravo was aboard Dramedy in the 1 1/2-mile turf race, which was completed in 2:31.17 over a “good” course. The winner paid $63.60.

“He just thrived on the mile and a half,” said Bravo, who snapped a 29-race winless streak dating to March 27 with the triumph. “When we turned for home, he said, ‘Let’s go guys.’ ” Dynamic Sky, the 3-1 co-second choice, finished a neck shy of the winner in second, while Unitarian, the defending race champion and 2-1 favorite, was another head back in third. Biz The Nurse, the other co-second choice, was fourth by another length and was followed by Aldous Snow, My Afleet, Cary Street, and Holiday Star. Three horses were early scratches: Java’s War, Optimizer, and Xtra Luck.

Dramedy raced outside of My Afleet, who was making his first start in more than seven months, when contesting fractions of 26.57 seconds, 52.47, 1:16.31, and 1:40.66 when opening up more than 12 lengths on the others down the backstretch. Out of the third turn and down the homestretch, as My Afleet tired, Dramedy opened a big lead that was shrinking noticeably just as the wire arrived.

Owned by the John James Revocable Trust and trained by Gerald Aschinger, Dramedy spent the winter at Tampa Bay Downs, where his main accomplishment in five starts since mid-December was winning a second-level turf allowance. A Kentucky-bred son of Distorted Humor, Dramedy had never raced farther than 1 1/8 miles and now has won 4 of 15 lifetime starts, with the $150,000 winner’s share more than doubling his career earnings.

The $2 exacta (1-10) paid $295, the $1 trifecta (1-10-4) returned $497.90, and the 10-cent superfecta (1-10-4-2) was worth $156.50.
Attendance on a warm spring day was the third-highest in track history. Earlier Saturday, Hootenanny ($2.20) breezed to a 6 1/4-length triumph when facing just three overmatched opponents in a 5 1/2-furlong turf allowance that marked his first start since he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf last fall at Santa Anita. Hootenanny, a Quality Road colt, is owned by the Coolmore group and trained by Wesley Ward. Castellano had the best horse by far and simply misjudged the fractions, letting Unitarian fall off the pace by more than 15 lengths over soft turf. Hard to make up that much ground when the going is heavy…he should know that…he won this event in identical circumatnces last year.

Dramedy lights up Elkhorn @ Keeneland

The longest price on the board delivered a game performance in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (gr. IIT) at Keeneland April 18, as 30-1 shot Dramedy put steady pressure on front-runner My Aflfleet all the way around and then just held off the late charge of Dynamic Sky to win by a neck (VIDEO).
Making his first start at the 1 1/2-mile distance and coming off a fourth in the onemile Appleton Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, the 6-year-old Distorted Humor runner benefiited from a slow tempo up front, as My Afleet clocked opening fractions of :26.57, :52.47, and 1:16.31.

By that point, the top two had separated themselves about nine lengths from the rest of an eight-horse field, and they remained on mostly even terms through a 1:40.66 mile.
“When they went the mile in 1:40, I said, ‘Oh my gosh, he’s got this!'” said Sandra Atkins, assistant trainer to conditioner Gerald Aschinger. “Every time he’s run, he’s closed at the end and he’s hard to pull up going a mile (or) a mile and a sixteenth, so the mile and a half was perfect.” Dramedy did not lack the pedigree to belong in graded stakes company going a distance. Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm out of the A.P. Indy mare She’s a Winner, the John James-owned runner is a half brother to grade I winner Bluegrass Cat and from the family of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Super Saver.

Jockey Joe Bravo said Dramedy responded gamely when set down for the drive, taking over through 1 1/4 miles in 2:05.37 and diving beneath the rail in time to finish in 2:31.17 on good turf. His victory was earned before a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon crowd of 37,737, the third-largest attendance in Keeneland history. “Don’t you love horse racing? You never know what to expect!” Bravo remarked. “I take my hat off to the whole team. Do you know how hard it is to get a horse ready for a mile and a half? Turning for home, he was like ‘Come on, guys, let’s go!’ ”
Dramedy returned $63.60, $21.20, and $7.60, while Dynamic Sky brought $4.80 and $3.20. Unitarian, also closing, paid $3 to show. Biz The Nurse, Aldous Snow, My Afleet, Cary Street, and Holiday Star completed the order of finish. Java’s War, Optimizer, and Xtra Luck scratched.

The Elkhorn victory bumped Dramedy’s record to 4-2-1 from 15 starts and boosted his earnings to $260,073. He sold to James through Aschinger’s War Horse Place consignment at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton horses of racing age sale for $70,000. Prior to that sale, he ran for CTR Stables and Moore Racing after being purchased for $185,000 from the WinStar Racing consignment at the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

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