Champion Sprinter Big Drama Dies At Age 15

Big Drama, the champion sprinter of 2010, was euthanized over the weekend due to complications from a stomach issue, BloodHorse reports. He was 15.

The son of Montbrook last stood at Stormborne Stallions in Citra, Fla., where he was set to stand the upcoming breeding season for an advertised fee of $5,000.

Since entering stud in 2012, Big Drama has spent two separate stints at Florida Stonewall Farm, once under the HallMarc Stallions banner and later under Prestige Stallions, with two seasons at Bridlewood Farm sandwiched between them. He began standing for Oakton Farm Stallions in 2019, and the operation renamed itself Stormborne Stallions ahead of this year’s breeding season.

Big Drama has sired seven crops of racing age, with 136 winners and combined progeny earnings of just under $9 million. He has sired four stakes winners, with R Kinsley Doll and Tribal Drama earning their black type in Florida, Miss Deplorable at Monmouth Park, and General Council in New Mexico.

Racing as a homebred for Harold Queen and trained by David Fawkes, Big Drama won 11 of 19 starts and earned $2,746,060.

Big Drama started fast as a 2-year-old, sweeping the three races in his division of the Florida Sire Stakes, then capping off his season with a victory in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot Stakes. He finished second in the G2 Swale Stakes in his 3-year-old bow, and the remainder of his season saw him run fifth in the 2009 Preakness Stakes, win the listed Red Legend Stakes at Charles Town, and finish second in the G2 West Virginia Derby.

The horse’s championship season came at age four, starting in the summer with wins in the Ponche Handicap and G2 Smile Stakes at Calder Race Course. After second-place efforts in the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap and G1 Forego Stakes in Saratoga, he secured the champion sprinter Eclipse Award with a strong, front-running victory in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.

Big Drama raced for one more season after his Eclipse-winning campaign, taking the G3 Mr. Prospector Stakes and the non-graded Whippleton Stakes before finishing seventh in that season’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Read more at BloodHorse.

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