01/17/2011 9:33AM

Big Drama's Heady Beyer Speed Figure


Big Drama was absolutely brilliant winning the Mr. Prospector Stakes last Saturday at Gulfstream. In his first start since his decisive score in last fall's Breeders' Cup Sprint, Big Drama whipped a very good horse in Custom for Carlos by four lengths, with there being another huge bulge of 13 lengths back to the third finisher. And Big Drama sped the six furlongs in a track record 1:08.12. By contrast, solid Grade 2 to Grade 3 type mares went the same distance two races later in the Sugar Swirl Stakes in 1:09.75, and that after a comparable early pace.

For his efforts, Big Drama earned an eye-catching Beyer Speed Figure in the Mr. Prospector of 119. Not surprisingly, that Beyer is among the best of recent seasons.

In the five years from 2006 through 2010, only three horses earned a higher Beyer Figure than what Big Drama was assigned Saturday. They were:

Midnight Lute - 124 Beyer in the 2007 Forego Stakes at Saratoga.

Quality Road - 121 Beyer in the 2010 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream.

Commentator - 120 Beyer in the 2008 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.

In the same five year period from 2006 through 2010, there were only seven other performances fast enough to earn the 119 Beyer that Big Drama matched Saturday. Those performances were engineered by Commentator (again), Benny The Bull, Corinthian, Curlin, Lawyer Ron, Bordonaro, and Fabulous Strike.

Considering all the opportunities for a horse to Beyer 119 or higher over the last five years and the few times that it actually occurred, it's clear Big Drama's performance Saturday was indeed special.

Benny Ellis More than 1 year ago
Agree whole heartily with Mike. Big Drama was brilliant, both visually, and with an incredible final time setting a track record. When challenged by Custom for Carlos at the top of the stretch, he hit another gear that very few horses have, and destroyed the field. Big Drama is special indeed. Many horses run a clunker after a Breeders Cup performance, but this race is an exception. Sprinters generally fair better coming back from the classic fall races, but very few run like Big Drama just did. Lets hope that this horse stays sound. The racing industry needs a special horse like this.
Virgil Fox More than 1 year ago
Fabulous Strike has had seven workouts over the last two months. Hope he will be ready soon. He is THE BEST. - Peace lordship
blackseabass More than 1 year ago
Nobody likes Big Drama more than I do . He's been a piggy bank for me. In the exacta in nearly all his starts. A great horse. That said ,Beyers don't make the horse . How many great performances were marked ordinary by Beyer over that same span.
Ryan More than 1 year ago
Always knew this was a special horse. He was my top pick in the Sprint. It's crazy to think Majesticperfection was even better. It's too bad he couldn't continue racing.