12/19/2007 12:00AM

Futurity showtime for Massive Drama

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Massive Drama will get tested for distance in Saturday's CashCall Futurity.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Massive Drama appeared to be toying with his 10 rivals in the final furlong of the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes at Hollywood Park on Thanksgiving, winning by 1 3/4 lengths.

There will be no time for clowning around by Massive Drama in Saturday's $750,000 CashCall Futurity.

The Grade 1 race will be Massive Drama's first start at 1 1/16 miles - and a chance for the colt to stake a position at the top of California's 3-year-old male division for 2008.

So far, the undefeated Massive Drama has exceeded trainer Bob Baffert's early opinions.

"I think he's a horse that has shown more in the afternoons than in the mornings," Baffert said. "We always thought he was a good horse. He's very competitive, and you don't know that until you start them. He seems to give you that extra in the afternoon."

In the seven-furlong Hollywood Prevue, Massive Drama fought for the lead to the eighth pole, then put away a threat from Into Mischief, also making his stakes debut.

"It looked like turning for home that that horse would run right by him, and then he re-broke," Baffert said.

Into Mischief is one of 13 opponents in the CashCall Futurity for Massive Drama, who is owned by Zayat Stables.

Massive Drama drew post 2, while Into Mischief starts from post 12.

The probable favorite is Colonel John, who won the Real Quiet Stakes at 1 1/16 miles by three lengths on Nov. 18. Trained by Eoin Harty, Colonel John starts from post 8.

Other contenders are Indian Sun, runner-up in the Generous Stakes on turf on Nov.o23; the undefeated Monba, who is making his stakes debut; and Slew's Tiznow and Old Man Buck, the second- and third-place finishers in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland in October.

Old Man Buck subsequently finished sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth on Oct. 27 and then won the Grand Canyon Handicap at Churchill on Nov. 24. Old Man Buck is a rare California starter for Kentucky-based trainer Ken McPeek.

The race marks the California debut of Slew's Tiznow. Beaten 3 1/4 lengths by Wicked Style in the Breeders' Futurity, Slew's Tiznow will be making his first start for trainer Gregory Fox, who replaces suspended trainer Patrick Biancone.

Overextended makes the quickest turnaround, after running fifth in the Delta Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana on Dec. 7.