Another 'Awesome' day at the races
Sunday, August 28, 2011 Share on Facebook RSS Feeds

Awesome of Course sired a first, a second and a third in two Florida Stallion Stakes races August 27, further expanding his lead as Florida’s #1 Juvenile Sire.

Victory in the $125,000 Affirmed S. by Fort Loudon, and placings in the $125,000 Susan’s Girl S. by Redbud Road and Awesome Belle vaulted Awesome of Course past $385,000 in juvenile earnings for the season. This is $150,000 higher than the second-ranked Florida juvenile sire, who has 105 named two-year-olds this year, compared with 10 by Awesome of Course.

Each of the Awesome of Course two-year-old stakes performers are also homebreds for Fred Brei’s Jacks Or Better Farm, owner of Awesome of Course, and trained by veteran Stanley Gold.

Affirmed winner Fort Loudon was winning his third consecutive race in six weeks, following a 10-length maiden special on July 16th, and daylight victory in the $75,000 Dr. Fager S. on August 6th. Going seven furlongs for the first time, Fort Loudon sat behind the pacesetters along the rail, charged to the lead at the eighth pole despite being bumped by the leader, then took command for a two-length triumph. Fort Loudon sports a record of 6-3-0-2 and $151,205, and heads for a rare sweep of the Florida Stallion Stakes series this fall.

In the Susan’s Girl, favored Redbud Road looked home free at the eighth pole, but came up a nose short after losing focus while waiting for competition. Television commentators noted that she put her head down and fought fiercely when the eventual winner drew alongside. Redbud Road was looking to follow in the footsteps of last year’s champion Awesome Feather, having already posted victories in the JJ’sdream and Desert Vixen S. The chestnut filly sports a record of 3-1-0 and $138,605 in 4 starts.

Third in the Susan’s Girl was Awesome Belle, another multiple stakes filly from Awesome of Course’s juvenile crop. Second to her stablemate in the JJ’sdream S. on July 2nd, Awesome Belle was caught in tight quarters entering the stretch of the Susan’s Girl, but ran on courageously to gain the show spot. She has compiled a record of 4-1-1-1 and $51,952 to date.

Awesome of Course has sired 39 foals of racing age, with 28 starters, 23 winners, and seven stakes horses. His average earnings per two-year-old starter ($118,050) is the highest in the nation, and his average earnings per starter overall ($89,780) ranks him among the top 1% of all sires. Champion Juvenile Sire in Florida for 2010, he stood the 2011 season at Journeyman Stud for $5,000.

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