Ocala Stud-based Awesome Slew was represented by his winner at Gulfstream when Awesome Strong romped in his unveiling. Dispatched as the slight second choice at 7-5, Awesome Strong was away without incident from the rail and settled in third through a snappy :21.79 opening quarter. Taking control entering the far turn, the bay rolled clear in the lane to graduate in style by six lengths. Don't Answer (Uncaptured) was the runner-up.
The winner is a half to Bad Debt (Grand Reward), MSW & MGSP, $838,330. Pleasant Ring has not produced a foal since Awesome Strong, but was bred to Bucchero last term.
2nd-Gulfstream, $58,000, Msw, 5-6, 2yo, 4 1/2f, :51.62, ft, 6 lengths.
AWESOME STRONG (c, 2, Awesome Slew–Pleasant Ring, by Pleasant Tap) Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $38,000. O-Elena Racing, Inc.; B-John B. Penn (FL); T-Jorge Delgado. **$30,000 Ylg '21 OBSOCT. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.