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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Fort Loudon, Awesome Belle to Rest

Jacks or Better Farm’s Florida homebred 2-year-olds Fort Loudon and Awesome Belle each earned a trip to Kentucky to run in the rich Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs on the weekend of Nov. 4-5 after winning the $300,000 In Reality and $300,000 My Dear Girl divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes series, respectively, at Calder Casino & Race Course last month for trainer Stan Gold.

 

Fort Loudon loomed boldly into fourth on the far turn while racing four-wide in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) after breaking from post 12 on Saturday, but could not sustain his run and finished seventh behind wire-to-wire winner Hansen and favorite Union Rags in second over a track labeled ‘fast’ but still holding considerable moisture from rainfall Thursday and Friday.

 

Awesome Belle also drew badly on the far outside in post 14 in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Friday when the track was rated ‘good’ and was never a factor finishing 12th behind undefeated My Miss Aurelia, certain to be voted Eclipse champion off the performance. Awesome Belle and Fort Loudon are by Jacks or Better-raced stallion Awesome of Course.

 

Gold sent out Jacks or Better’s Awesome Feather, also by Awesome of Course, to win the Juvenile Fillies last year at Churchill to complete an undefeated Eclipse championship campaign after she had produced a sweep of the three filly divisions of Calder’s Florida Stallion Stakes series.

 

“He (Fort Loudon) did have a wide trip and only got beat nine lengths for it all, but I can’t really make any excuses for him or the filly,” said Gold on Monday morning. “They both qualified to make the trip (with Stallion Stakes wins), which I’m proud of. They’re both on the farm in Ocala for three weeks for a little rest and then we’ll bring them back down to get ready for races at Gulfstream Park.”

 

Another Calder-developed filly ran in the Juvenile Fillies as Stride Rite Racing’s Kentucky homebred Frolic’s Revenge finished ninth for trainer Milt Wolfson after she “raced well wide throughout,” according to Equibase footnotes, under jockey John Velazquez.

 

A daughter of Vindication out of multiple stakes winner Stormy Frolic, Frolic’s Revenge won two of five starts with a second and two thirds at Calder before her first trip to Kentucky when she finished a good fourth in the Alcibiades Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on Oct. 7.

 

“She’s back training here,” said Wolfson on Monday morning. “She was pretty knocked out from the trip. She didn’t have much chance in the race with the wide trip, but she came back okay and we’ll see where we go from here.” The veteran horseman has trained three generations of Frolic’s Revenge’s distaff family for Stride Rite Racing Stables.

 

 

 

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