The last time West Point Thoroughbreds' AWESOME GEM (Awesome Again) had
encountered an off-dirt track, he outran his 28-1 price when finishing a distant
third to Curlin in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Monmouth Park. Fast
forward nearly two years to Saturday's $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2)
, where Awesome Gem once again found himself running
in the goo. This time, however, the veteran was well received by the betting
public, starting as the 3-1 second choice in a field of 11.