Dramedy's pedigree is the kind some would say you can't buy. That he is by leading sire Distorted Humor is noteworthy enough; add to that the fact that his female family ranks as one of the most illustrious currently going in the Thoroughbred industry.
So when trainer Gerald Aschinger purchased the bay horse on behalf of owner John James for $70,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Summer Horses of All Ages sale, few could argue it as a terrible investment even if he only had one career win to that point.
That decision looked downright brilliant Saturday as Dramedy prompted the pace in the Grade II, $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes and had just enough in reserve to fend off Dynamic Sky by a neck, pulling off the upset at odds of 30-to-1 before a crowd of 37,737 at Keeneland.
Dramedy was the longest shot in the eight-horse field, having failed to hit the board in four tries against stakes company with his most recent try being a fourth-place run in the Grade III Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 28.
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With his Elkhorn upset, the 6-year-old horse has put himself in line to be a stallion prospect as he is a half brother to Grade I winner Bluegrass Cat, and his dam, She's a Winner, is a full sister to Supercharger, dam of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.
"I study pedigrees quite a bit and he had shown some tremendous speed early on," said James, who is based in Oklahoma. "I thought we could get him and kind of work with him and maybe win a graded stakes. He's probably got one of the nicer female families in Kentucky. And so we're thrilled."
Dramedy collected his biggest career win by doing the complete opposite of his usual self.
Instead of dropping well back and making one run, jockey Joe Bravo had Dramedy on the lead in the 11/2-mile turf test, racing alongside Cary Street as those two put about 12 lengths between themselves and the rest of the field midway down the backstretch.
Coming off the far turn for the second time, the two were still well in front with Dramedy holding a narrow lead after setting fractions of 26.57, 52.47, and 1:16.31. Bravo kept urging him on for all he was worth as Dynamic Sky and eventual third-place finisher Unitarian came at him, hitting the line in 2:31.17 over a course rated good.
"It was the first time doing this distance (11/2 miles) for him and with a very slow pace, he was going to be closer to the pace," Bravo said. "I told the whole crew when I came into the paddock, 'I'm going to stay out of his way'. This horse knows how to run, I'm going to leave him alone.
"It's very hard to get a horse ready for a 11/2-mile race and they had him strong for this one."
Bred by WinStar Farm, Dramedy earned his fourth win from 15 career starts and improved his earnings to $260,037.