10/25/2012 4:10PM

Belmont: Little Drama can make the grade in Bold Ruler

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ELMONT, N.Y. – Little Drama won’t likely reach the heights of his champion older brother Big Drama, but he could very well earn his first graded stakes victory Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler Handicap at Belmont Park.

Little Drama enters the Bold Ruler off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Vosburgh, run at six furlongs, here on Sept. 29. An inside post position led trainer Michael Mareina to instruct jockey Rajiv Maragh to send Little Drama away from the gate and he got caught up in speed duel before fading in the stretch.

Saturday, Little Drama drew the outside post in a 10-horse field, which should enable him to work an off-the-pace type of trip in the seven-furlong race.

“I’d rather him be a stalker or pouncing-type horse,” Mareina said. “Also, I think he’s better at seven-eighths. He’s got speed, but he’s a horse that loves to sit if you got pace to run at.”

Spring to the Sky, Isn’t He Perfect, Associated, and Golddigger’s Boy are candidates to show early speed.

A fast pace would also enhance the chances of Caixa Eletronica, who finished second, two lengths in front of Little Drama, in the Vosburgh. Caixa Eletronica is 8 for 19 at seven furlongs and finished third to stablemate Calibrachoa in this race last year.

He will break from post 8 and is the 119-pound highweight under Javier Castellano.

Buffum has fired some races that are good enough to win the Bold Ruler. He has not, however, run since finishing sixth, 14 lengths behind Mucho Macho Man in the Grade 2 Suburban at 1 1/8 miles here on July 7.

Trainer Tom Albertrani said he decided to give Buffum a freshening after that race, then couldn’t find a suitable race for the 4-year-old colt.

Before the Suburban, Buffum won a second-level allowance by eight lengths here on May 28, coming off an eight-month layoff.

“I expect him to run well fresh,” Albertrani said.

Albertrani was not thrilled with Buffum drawing the rail.

“Naturally, I don’t want be stuck down in there, but we’ll just have to deal with it,” said Albertrani, who has Eddie Castro to ride.

Associate is 3 for 3 at Belmont, including a pace-pressing victory in a second-level allowance race here on Sept. 22. He is one of two horses entered by Richard Dutrow Jr., though his other entrant, Gallant Fields, finished third in a third-level allowance race Thursday at Belmont.

Isn’t He Perfect, trained by Dutrow for his last seven races, is now back with Doodnauth Shivmangal.

avlamal More than 1 year ago
over promise and over deliver once again im right
Phil D More than 1 year ago
Definitely like Buffum as a top choice Avlamal has the most talent in this one. Caixa Eletronica is also a good top pick, loves Belmont. I guess for a value play for me is Gallant Fields if he doesn't get bumped and goes to the lead or near lead might have a shot. Also looking at Associate seems 7 furlongs is his best run diatances
avlamal More than 1 year ago
buffum is the only true stakes type in field trounces them
David Voelker More than 1 year ago
If he runs like he did last race, it will be the same- up the track