Fort Loudon drew away late en route to a 2 1/2-length win in the $300,000 In Reality S. Oct. 15 at Calder; the victory gave his sire Awesome of Course a sweep of Florida Stallion co-features on the card. One race prior Awesome Belle romped in the $300,000 My Dear Girl.
Awesome of Course is far and away Florida's leading sire of 2-year-olds, with over $770,000 in progeny earnings, more than $300,000 higher than the second-placed sire.
Stalking just off the pace set by Sarava's Dancer, took over the top spot coming into the stretch and was never seriously threatened from then on. The winner covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:48 1/5 in his first attempt at two turns.
"When you have the best horse in the race, you can do anything you want to," winning rider Luis Jurado said. "I knew Cornelio Velasquez with Sarava's Dancer would try to steal the race up front and I couldn't let them do that, so I kept my horse just a little off of him and saved some for the stretch. This horse is the real deal."
Fort Loudon is now 7-4-0-2, earning $333,485 for owner/breeder Jacks or Better Farm Inc. Trainer Stanley Gold and owner Fred Brei could be taking both Fort Loudon and Awesome Belle to Churchill Downs for the Breeders' Cup next month, something they with great success in 2010, with Champion Awesome Feather.
"We'll see how they come back, but if they (Awesome Belle and Fort Loudon) come back OK, we'll probably go," Brei said.
Fort Loudon is out of Lottsa Talc, who won $1.2 million in a stellar career that included 16 stakes wins.
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