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Awesome Feather Back on the Tab

Awesome Feather is back on the work tab. The 2010 Champion Two Year Old Filly, undefeated in six starts in including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr.1), was sidelined indefinitely in early January after a tendon “issue” was discovered. No goals were named for a return date as the extent of the injury was unclear, and both trainer Chad Brown and owner Frank Stronach made it clear they would take as long as possible to bring their champion back slowly for the best possible chance at a full recovery. On February 7th the Daily Racing Form reported the daughter of Awesome Of Course was walking under tack and making enough positive progress that she could possibly return to light training by the end of the month.
 
Well, she didn’t make it into light training by the end of February but continued to build steady progress and finally made her official return to the work tab on May 24th at Belmont Park, clocking 3 furlongs in a solid :36.78. Six days later she returned on Monday, May 30th, clocking a solid four furlong move, the 4th fastest move of 19 on the day.  Brown and Stronach have not publicly come out with a summer goal yet for the talented three year old, but for Awesome Feather’s loyal fans’ it’s just a matter of time and patience. She appears to be safely recovered from her ligament issue and well on her way towards reaching tip top shape.
 
[Though she hasn't raced yet as a 3-Year-Old, Awesome Feather still ranks #13 on HRN's 3-Year-Old Fillies Rankings page; deserving or pointless ranking at this point in her campaign?]

The Acorn Stakes (gr.1) field is coming up strong just one and half weeks away from the June 11th event at Belmont Park. Already four stakes winners are listed as possible starts with three being graded stakes winners and two multiple graded stakes winners.
Turbulent Descent has been on a path towards the Acorn ever since winning the Santa Anita Oaks (gr.1) over Zazu in early March when trainer Mike Puype made the admirable and somewhat surprising decision to keep his filly in one-turn, sprint distance races, stating right off the bat that her summer goals were the Acorn (gr.1) and Test Stakes (gr.1) at Saratoga in early August. His ultimate goal is to prove that he has the best three year old filly in the land and win a championship with the daughter of Congrats, a notion that seems likely enough right now as Turbulent Descent has already won two of three starts this year and finished second once, all in graded stakes races. Indian Blessing followed the same path to sophomore championship honors in 2008, winning the Acorn, Prioress and then Test Stakes.
 
May Day Rose, Victoria’s Wildcat and It’s Tricky are the three other fillies listed as possible starters in the 81st running of the Acorn Stakes (gr.1).  May Day Rose is a four time stakes winner and dual graded stakes winner, taking the Railbird Stakes (gr.3) over Big Tiz on May 21st in her last start. Victoria’s Wildcat is riding a three race win streak and just captured her first graded stakes win on May 6th Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs, taking the Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes. It’s Tricky made headlines earlier in the year when she won the Busher Stakes by eight lengths, remaining undefeated in three starts. In her next start she failed to threaten, finishing more than 20 lengths behind R Heat Lightning in the Gulfstream Oaks (gr.2) on April 2nd
 
We’ll know a lot more about the competition next week when entries are taken but for now the field already appears to be stacked with some promising talent, though all pale in comparison to Turbulent Descent.

Photo Courtesy of Anne M. Eberhardt
 

 

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I hope she comes back and is able to run at the same level she left at, that would be very special. Hopefully she'll be able to put together a strong season in the last half of the year (and maybe next year as well).
Only time will tell if she can come back to her 2010 form. Hopefully she can, I'm a fan, she's a great filly, too bad she had to miss a lot of basically her biggest season.
I'm glad Awesome Feather is coming back, but it makes you wonder how well will she do after such a long layoff....
Oh nice, I hadn't heard Kathmanblu was nominated. That would be an intriguing match up.
Zipse, I agree that Might would be the toughest for Turbulent Descent, but it looks like Might is ducking. Kathmanblu is nominated for the Acorn, but I haven't heard if she is considering the race.
That's 'awesome', I wold love to make it to the Breeders' Cup this year.
betting Awesome Feather at 4-1 odds was surreal I thought she should have been 8-5 at post and that was a nervous bet as it looked to good and those are the one that usually lose.
The chance to see Awesome Feather was one of the reasons I wanted to go to the Breeder's Cup last year and she did not disappoint. Can't wait to see her again. I am also VERY excited about Might!
@Thoroughbred44 - It is a shame she missed so much of the year. Hopefully she'll be able to come back as strong as she went out and continue dominating.
@Brian - I hope so too, Awesome Feather dominated her division much the way 'Mo' did last year. Might looks really, really good but I think Turbulent Descent is better plus more experience right now, but that's definitely a matchup I'd like to see down the road.
Awesome Feather has a bright future ahead of her, too bad she had to miss a lot of her 3yo season. If she can come back to her 2yo form, then she will be on to something. Exquisite.
Loved Feather last year, hope she comes back good ... Turbulent Descent is awesome, but I think her toughest competition may be avoiding the Acorn to go in the Dogwood ... of course I am talking about Blame's little sis, Might.
Me too, I loved her in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies and was thrilled with her win! I hope R Heat Lightning comes back just as strong as when she left and makes for some great competition. I think St. John's River, Plum Pretty and Zazu will all continue with strong campaigns as well as Kathmanblu.
Loved her and R Heat. After she had to sit on the sidelines I said R Heat would be the best 3yr old filly. Maybe these two are just taking turns dominating the 3yr old filly division.

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 Meet Brian Appleton 

Thoroughbred Horse Racing is my passion.  It started when at the age of 9 I found a book called Come On Seabiscuit by Ralf Moody on my Mother’s shelf.  Reading that book was one of the most exciting things I ever did as a kid. I read that book so many times that I had entire chapters committed to memory and the dust jacket worn and ripped beyond recognition from so much use. From that point on I was hopelessly addicted, reading every book on horse racing I could get my hands on, especially racehorse biographies. In 2009 I began my own blog called Rail Runner on wordpress and have continued to blog there to this day.

Curlin is probably my favorite racehorse of all time. Being able to attend six of his races will always be one of the highlights of my life. Whenever I need to re-find some inspiration in my life all I need to do is watch one of his incredible victories and relive the memories. Rachel Alexandra ranks right up there too. As any horse racing fan will tell you it’s almost impossible to choose just one favorite and I am no exception. Phar Lap and Citation are another two of my all time favorites and the list could go on and on.

I was homeschooled my entire life by my parents and graduated High School in 2006 at the age of 17.  Currently I am completing my Marketing degree with the hopes of entering the Thoroughbred Horse Racing field as a writer/journalist , or in the marketing/advertising/promotions side of the industry.

It is my dream to someday become a thoroughbred racehorse owner and win major races across the United States. Who wouldn't want that, right?  For about 1 ½ years I was part owner in a racehorse, Lord Greystoke raced, and owned by Hibiscus Stables. I was able to attend one of his races at Belmont Park on Kentucky Derby day, May 2, 2009 and it was an incredible experience. While Lord Greystoke finished 7th in the race, being able to stand in an owner’s box not 30 feet away from Penny Chenery’s owner’s box was one of the most amazing feelings in the world.

Later in the year Lord Greystoke was finally able to break through with a 4 ½ length win which made me feel like one of the world’s most accomplished thoroughbred owners and further fueled my appetite. I think it would be rally neat to win the Appleton Stakes (Gr.3) at Gulfstream Park, even though I'm generally a bigger fan of dirt racing I can't help but think it would be neat for me to win a race with the same name as my last name.

That’s me in a nutshell, just a very passionate, driven young guy that wants to be a part of this amazing sport and share the adventure with other fans.