Awesome Again

Santa Anita Autumn Meet to Offer 26 Stakes; Five 'Win and You're In' Races

A total of 26 stakes--15 of them graded--will be offered during Santa Anita's 18-day Autumn Meet which opens Sept. 30. The stakes line-up will include five Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" stakes over the first two weekends, Oct. 1 and 2 and Oct. 8 and 9. These include three Grade I events: the $300,000 Awesome Again S. Oct. 1; and the $300,000 American Pharoah S. and $300,000 Rodeo Drive S., both Oct. 8. The Awesome Again highlights an Oct. 1 card that also includes the $200,000 GII Eddie D...

[ Read More ]
Count Again Locks Up BC Berth in Shoemaker

Seven-year-old Count Again (Awesome Again) sliced through horses and blew past heavily favored Smooth Like Strait (Midnight Lute) in the lane to annex Monday's GI Shoemaker Mile S. at Santa Anita. Picking up an automatic spot in the starting gate for the GI Breeders' Cup Mile later this year, Count Again's victory was the fourth on the card for East Coast invader Irad Ortiz, Jr.--with a runner-up finish in the only other race run to that point--and was won in notably similar fashion to Ortiz's score in the GI Hollywood...

[ Read More ]
Count Again Up in Time in Kilroe Mile

Making just his 15th start at the age of seven, Agave Racing Stable and Sam-Son Farm's Count Again (Awesome Again) uncorked his usual late run to come out on top of a tight finish in Santa Anita's GI Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. A close third in last year's Kilroe and most recently a winner of the GIII Thunder Road S. here Feb. 5, the Ontario-bred gelding sat in a joint second last around the first turn while scraping paint. He continued to draft from a nice spot as GISW...

[ Read More ]
Santa Anita's Blockbuster Opening Weekend Another Step Towards Full Strength

As springboard--or tripwire--before the ultimate Breeders' Cup showdown at Del Mar this November, Santa Anita's opening weekend sure ticks a lot of boxes. "Really happy with the job my staff did putting all these races together," said Santa Anita racing secretary, Chris Merz, on Thursday morning. "Stakes coordinator James Kasparoff did an outstanding job." In all, there are seven Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" races. The three on Friday--the GI American Pharoah S., GII Chandelier S., and the Speakeasy S.--are geared around the sport's young blood. The Saturday and...

[ Read More ]
Aug. 26 Insight

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-BRED DUO DEBUT AT THE SPA 6th-SAR, $100K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2fT, 3:55p.m. Stronach homebred SUPER STING (Awesome Again) is one of two well-bred fillies making her career bow in this event. She is out of champion Perfect Sting (Red Ransom), who is also the dam of GSW Smart Sting (Smart Strike), GSP Perfect Bullet (El Prado {Ire}) and SP Sweet Sting (Awesome Again). Live Oak went to $300,000 at the OBS March Sale to acquire Our Souper Love (Union Rags) after she breezed...

[ Read More ]
Taking Stock: Awesome Again Sires Have Puncher's Chance

What do Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow), Mystic Guide (Ghostzapper), and Knicks Go (Paynter) have in common? For one, they've cumulatively won three of the four most lucrative dirt races contested in North America so far this year. Hot Rod Charlie won the $1 million Gll Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds last weekend; Mystic Guide was first in the $600,000 Glll Razorback H. at Oaklawn Feb. 27; and Knicks Go took the $3 million Gl Pegasus World Cup Invitational S. at Gulfstream Park Jan. 23. The other big-money race was the...

[ Read More ]
Risen Star Upsetter Continuing Sire-Making Tradition

This Saturday, Calumet Farm looks to pull off a bit of an upset in the GII Risen Star with their homebred Santa Cruiser (Dialed In), who broke his maiden last November and ran fourth in his most recent start in the GIII Lecomte S.    Santa Cruiser may go off as one of the longer shots on the board, but if he were to win, it wouldn't be the farm's first upset in the same race. Three years ago, Calumet's homebred Bravazo (Awesome Again-Tiz O'Gold, by Cee's Tizzy) won the...

[ Read More ]
This Side Up: An Awesome Legacy For a Positive Future

So this dismal year slinks under our resentful glare towards the back gate, like an uninvited guest who has wrecked a party by outrageous behavior. Soon, perhaps, there will be a cheerful ringing of the doorbell and we can welcome one to revive spirits around the world. In the meantime, somehow, the Thoroughbred is managing to hold together the strands linking all our yesterdays and whatever tomorrow may bring. I've often remarked, during recent months, that horsemen will be well served by the patient perspectives they require even at the...

[ Read More ]
Awesome Again Dead at 26

Breeders' Cup Classic winner and top sire Awesome Again (Deputy Minister--Primal Force, by Blushing Groom {Fr}) died suddenly Tuesday at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. He was 26. (Click here for video feature 'The House That Awesome Again Built')  The exact cause of death is unknown. A full necropsy is pending and a full veterinary report will follow. The Canadian-bred had an exemplary resume as both a racehorse and a stallion. He broke his maiden at Hollywood Park in just his second start as a 3-year-old in...

[ Read More ]
GSW Bravazo to Stand at Calumet in 2021

Calumet Farm's Bravazo (Awesome Again--Tiz o' Gold, by Cee's Tizzy) will be the newest addition to the nursery's stallion roster in the 2021 season. The 5-year-old will stand for $6,000, with discounts given for multiple mare packages and quality mares. Trained by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, the dark bay earned $2,033,195 in career earnings through four seasons on the racetrack. At two, he was second in the GI Claiborne Futurity S. and annexed the GII Risen Star S. early in his sophomore season. A close-up second behind...

[ Read More ]
Adena Pensioners Awesome Again, Milwaukee Brew, Move to Old Friends

Former Adena Springs stallions Awesome Again and Milwaukee Brew have been transferred to the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm, according to a press release sent from Old Friends Friday afternoon. The announcement follows on the heels of the relocation from Adena Springs of three sires announced last Saturday--Awesome Again's Ghostzapper, Mucho Macho Man, and Point of Entry--who were moved to Hill 'n' Dale Farm's new Xalapa facility to stand at stud. Awesome Again and Milwaukee Brew were pensioned from stud duty in 2019. Awesome Again, now 27, retired after an...

[ Read More ]
The House that Awesome Again Built

All eyes will be on Santa Anita for their opening weekend feature in the GI Awesome Again S. as Bob Baffert trainees Maximum Security (New Year's Day) and Improbable (City Zip) go head to head for the first time since that consequential first Saturday in May last year. The $300,000 Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" contest could mark the emergence of an unusual stablemate rivalry. Over two decades ago, the race's namesake was part of a different rivalry-- one for 1998 Horse of the Year. Awesome Again had gone...

[ Read More ]
X

Never miss another story from the TDN

Click Here to sign up for a free subscription.