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Awesome Feather Flies Away in Gazelle

Awesome Feather wins 2011 Le Slew.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
Awesome Feather, last year’s Champion Two-Year-Old Filly, ran her career unbeaten streak to eight with an easy victory in the 116th edition of the Grade 1, $250,000 Gazelle, a race for 3-year-old fillies conducted Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

Making her second start of 2011 in the Gazelle, Awesome Feather raced off the outside flank of pacesetter Love and Pride through splits of 24.93 and 48.97, and 1:12.41. Awesome Feather drew even with that foe at the quarter pole, then pulled away when put to a drive to prevail by 5 ¼ lengths. Draw It rallied to nip Love and Pride by a nose for second.

 

“She is little, but she is unbelievable,” said winning jockey Jeffrey Sanchez. “I didn’t go to the lead, I sat there, took back. At the half-mile pole, I knew I was going to win the race. I had a lot of confidence in her.”

 

Off as the 3-2 favorite, Awesome Feather returned $5.10 for a $2 win wager and completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.01. The $150,000 winner’s share of the Gazelle purse pushed her career earnings to $1,681,746.

 

Awesome Feather was purchased at auction for $2.3 million by owner Stronach Stables and transferred to trainer Chad Brown following her 6-for-6 juvenile campaign that was capped by a victory in the 2010 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. A tendon injury delayed her sophomore debut until October 5 when she captured Belmont Park’s Le Slew overnight stakes by two lengths.

 

“She’s got the heart of a champion,” said Brown. “We just try to stay out of her way in the morning training her and just try to take care of her, day-to-day. She does the rest every day. It was a pretty special win.

 

“She trained so well in the morning, I’m not surprised [she won the Gazelle like that],” added Brown. “You just never know going to race speed, with everything she has been through, what’s going to happen. But with the way she’s training, it doesn’t surprise me she’s capable of uncorking a run like that. She’s so sharp and strong in the morning – she’s a super talented horse.”

 

Awesome Feather, a daughter of Awesome of Course, is tentatively scheduled to make her next start in the Sunshine Millions Distaff on January 28 at Gulfstream Park, Brown said.

 

“We’ve just been taking it day-by-day with her,” said Brown. “As long as she’s 100 percent healthy, we’ll probably see her in the Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream. “That’d be the plan, but we’re going to see how she is first, but if she’s OK, that’s where I’d go.”

 

Daring Reality was fourth, followed home by Miss Valentine, R Gypsy Gold, Bryan’s Jewel, and Savvy Supreme. Marion Ravenwood and Purple Cat were scratched.

 

 

 

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8 for 8!
Awesome Feather lives up to her name! She is SO AWSOME!!

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