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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Awesome Feather Soars Again

It’s always nice to see an old friend re-emerge from a much too lengthy time away. Yesterday, at Belmont Park, the racing world was treated to a very welcome return of one of 2010’s best and most promising horses. It was eleven months to the day since Awesome Feather rolled home over R Heat Lightning in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies to complete a season of perfection. Now the champion is back.

Last year's best two-year-old filly, Awesome Feather (Awesome of Course – Precious Feather, by Gone West) made a triumphant return to the races with a facile 2 length score in the seven furlong Le Slew Stakes, as a popular 1-4 favorite. Ridden by her familiar pilot, Jeffrey Sanchez, Awesome Feather chased a fast pace set by Flying Train, before swinging into action on the far turn. Quickly taking over as the field straightened for the stretch run, the race would not be without a few anxious strides, however; as the New York Bred stakes winner, and Belmont loving filly, Sentimental Lass posed a menacing threat on the outside. Awesome Feather did what champions do, though, and held the challenge at a safe distance to the wire. Final time for the seven-eighths was a solid 1:22.76.

Besides the long layoff, the undefeated champion was making her first start for owner Frank Stronach and trainer Chad Brown since she was purchased for $2.3 million at Fasig-Tipton’s fall sale only a few days after her Breeders’ Cup success. Unfortunately, Awesome Feather then developed a bowed tendon which forced the postponement of her debut as a three-year-old. Her new trainer reflected on both her time away and her prospects for the future.

"She's a special horse, she's got special owners," said Brown. "The Stronach family, they were presented a difficult situation. I'll tell you, they handled it with class and optimism.

"They never complained one day about it," he added. "They just told me, ‘Look forward. Don't look back. Keep the filly.' She stayed in my care the whole time. She never went to the farm.

“I was a little worried early because coming off this type of layoff I didn’t want to crank the screws too much in the morning and never get to this day.”

"She dug in - she has the heart of a champion. It might have not been a stellar group, but she got the job done. I think she'll be better off for it in the long run, fitness-wise."

Now a perfect seven for seven and winner of $1,531,736, it would seem that the future for this talented filly is very bright. Sure yesterday’s field was modest by her standards, but the performance and time by the winner was just what the doctor ordered for everyone rooting to see the same filly that we came to like so much back in 2010. I’m happy to report that Awesome Feather is back, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.



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When is her next race?
I've been awaiting her return. Classy filly
22, 45, 1:09, 1:22 on an ex-bowed tendon! Holy sh - crap!!! The girl is BACK!!! Very excited - God bless her legs - hope she stays sound! :)
Very happy to see Awesome Feather back not only racing again, but winning!! She really is a class act, IMO. She was the first winner I had at last year's Breeders Cup races. I thought Awesome Feather was arguably the best juvenile filly in training last season. She really caught a bad break getting injured in that race, because I think the sky really could've been the limit for this filly if she had gotten to race throughout her entire 3yr.old season. Hopefully, she'll be brought back next season as a 4yr.old, and get a chance to prove on the racetrack what she didn't get to this season!! JMO.
Funny thing about Awesome Feather... so in last year's BC her only wins to that point were in restricted Florida races. I said she had no class. Matt Fisher said winners win. She was awesome in that race. Shows what I know.
She's still Awesome..
She looked really good. It may not have been the toughest field, but coming into a stakes race at Belmont going 7 furlongs off a long layoff from injury is impressive. She was pulling away slightly at the wire.

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