He’s 9-years-old and sure doesn’t know it. He’s run in 40 different stakes race at 15 different tracks. He demands carrots and is a barn favorite. He’s tough as nails, and on Saturday could reach the $3 million dollar mark in earnings.
He is Awesome Gem, WPT’s veteran campaigner who headed to Iowa to compete in the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap (G3), the highlight of the state’s biggest day of racing.
Jockey David Flores reunites with Awesome Gem for the first time since a second place finish in the Grade 1 Goodwood in the fall. Both of Gem’s 2012 victories have come at Golden Gate Fields, the first in an allowance race in April, and the second via disqualification in the Berkeley Handicap (G3) on May 28.