champion Awesome Feather
ran her record to 10-for-10 Thursday afternoon at
Park as she came off an
eight-month layoff to post a dominating 11 ¼-length victory in the $85,000 Nasty
Storm overnight stakes.
Revving up for a planned start in
the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita on November
2, the slightly built filly was away from the gate alertly, and then settled in
third as Daddy's Honor and All Due Respect ripped through an opening
quarter-mile in 22.63 seconds, with the half going in 44.96.
Given her cue by jockey Jeffrey
Sanchez on the turn, Awesome Feather barreled past the pacesetters and swept
into the stretch with a sizeable lead and opened up under a hand ride to hit the
wire in a swift 1:33.47 for the mile.
"Six weeks out from the Breeders'
Cup, I think she needed a race, so I'm not at all upset about winning by that
many and having a strong final time," said Chad Brown, who trains the 2010
juvenile filly champion for Frank Stronach. "I think she needed the race and we
got the race we needed."
The 1-5 favorite, Awesome Feather
returned $2.60 for a $2 win bet as she added the Nasty Storm to her 5 ¾-length
victory in January's Sunshine Millions Distaff, her only other start of
Purchased by Stronach for $2.3
million following her triumph in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and
turned over to Brown, the Awesome of Course filly was off for 11 months with
tendon issues and returned last fall to win the Le Slew overnight stakes at
Belmont and the Grade 1 Gazelle at Aqueduct Racetrack in her two 2011
"Her other three wins, she was
nice and sound, but we never had her looking weight-wise and coat-wise the way
we wanted," said Brown. "This race, coming in, was the best she ever looked to
me. We're just fortunate the race went here, that they had a race for us at
Belmont, and it
should be a good stepping-stone to the Ladies' Classic if she comes out of the
race in good shape."
All Due Respect was second,
followed by Daddy's Honor, Kid Kate, and Believe in A. P. Acting Happy, Cash for
Clunkers, Tiz the Argument and Withgreatpleasure were scratched.