Champion Awesome Feather turned in yet another scintillating performance in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff S. (VIDEO
) Saturday at Gulfstream Park, winning as she pleased by 5 3/4-lengths to run her record to an unblemished 9-for-9.
The daughter of Awesome of Course, now 4, was the 2010 Eclipse Award winner for 2-year-old fillies, a campaign that was capped off by a win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). Awesome of Course is in the top 5 of Florida's 2012 General Sire List.
Saturday's race marked Awesome Feather's third start since spending most of 2011 away from the races. Breaking alertly from post four, the bay Florida-bred hooked up with Tiz the Argument early, and the duo opened up several lengths on the rest of the field. Awesome Feather began to assert herself after six furlongs, putting away the dueling front-runner. She was all alone in the stretch as her rider Jeffrey Sanchez kept her to the task to get the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.17.
“I have so much confidence in her,” said Sanchez, who has been aboard Awesome Feather for all nine of her victories. “She’s just so special to me. She’s the best horse I’ve ever ridden. She’s the best filly in the world.”
“We don’t have anything in particular in mind for her,” added winning trainer Chad Brown. “The biggest thing with her is to see how she comes back. We’ll talk to the Stronachs and see where we go. With her, it’s one race at a time.”
Initially racing in the name of her breeder Jack or Better Farm, Awesome Feather was sold shortly after the Breeders' Cup, bringing a winning bid of $2.3 million from Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm. She has now earned $1,861,746, with eight of her nine wins coming in stakes races. Her dam, Precious Feather, has five foals, all winners, and was a four-time black-type winner herself.
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