02/15/2016 5:15PM

Drama King dashes through snow in Hollie Hughes

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
A little snow couldn't stop Drama King and jockey Junior Alvarado, who rallied past Eye Luv Lulu to win the Hollie Hughest Stakes on Monday.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Six furlongs may not be Drama King’s ideal distance but with limited options his connections decided to take a shot running in Monday’s $100,000 Hollie Hughes Stakes at Aqueduct.

Since just about every move trainer Rudy Rodriguez has made this winter has worked out, it stood to reason that Drama King would be good enough to win.

With only two horses beat turning for home, Drama King kicked in strong under Junior Alvarado in the last three-sixteenths, and through a driving snow he rocketed past Eye Luv Lulu to win the Hollie Hughes by 1 1/2 lengths. Eye Luv Lulu finished second, 4 3/4 lengths in front of Between the Lines, who nosed out Possessed for third. Between the Lines was reported to have bled in the race.

Following Possessed in the order of finish was Bond Vigilante, West Hills Giant, Escape to the Moon and Marriedtothemusic. Ostrolenka, Towering Moon, and Crafty Dreamer all scratched.

The win was the third straight and sixth from 16 lifetime starts for Drama King, a 4-year-old son of Nobiz Like Shobiz owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stable and Michael Imperio. It was his first win at six furlongs since he won a $50,000 maiden claimer in the fall of 2014 at Gulfstream Park.

For Rodriguez, it was meet-leading 32nd victory from 96 starts.

“We were not too sure if he would run the way he did,” said Gustavo Rodriguez, assistant to his brother. “The only reason we entered him is we didn’t see anything else and he ran one good race at Belmont going [6 1/2 furlongs].”

Jockey Junior Alvarado said Drama King got squeezed at the start, which may have helped him. He settled in the back of the pack while saving ground down the backstretch as Bond Vigilante and Marriedtothemusic duked it out through a quarter in 22.70 seconds and a half-mile in 46.03.

Around the turn, Alvarado guided Drama King off the rail to the outside in the clear, and when he asked him to run, Drama King stormed down the center of the snow-covered inner track to get the win.

Drama King ran six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.89 and returned $6.60 as the favorite.

“The only thing they told me was make sure when you turn for home he’s in the clear on the outside,” Alvarado said.  “He won’t run much if he’s between horses. He was helping me the whole way. When I asked him, he was there for me. Turning for home I knew he was going to get there.”