Champion Awesome Feather retired

by | 12.13.2012 | 3:09pm

The popular Eclipse Award Champion Awesome Feather has been retired from racing.

Awesome Feather began her career in the Stanley Gold barn racing in the colors of her breeder Jacks or Better Farm, Inc. They unveiled their star on May 1, 2010, Kentucky Derby Day, with a 5 3/4-length victory in a 4 1/2 furlong Maiden Special Weight at Calder. From there Awesome Feather rolled through an unbeaten juvenile season with a victory in the J J'sdream Stakes followed by a sweep of the three-race Florida Stallion Series for two-year-old fillies. Her 8 1/4-length triumph in the final leg, the $365,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, made her the public's choice in the $2,000,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). She rewarded her supporters with a handy 2 1/4-length victory to secure the Eclipse Award for Champion Two-Year-Old Filly of 2010.

Two days after her Breeders' Cup tour de force, Awesome Feather was purchased by Adena Springs for $2.3 million at the November Sale at Fasig-Tipton. After recovering from a tendon injury, she returned in October of 2011 with an easy win in an overnight stakes at Aqueduct for new owner, Frank Stronach, and new trainer, Chad Brown. That set her up for her next Grade 1 victory in the Gazelle Stakes over Thanksgiving weekend. Awesome Feather added two more stakes victories to her resume in 2012, including an emphatic 5 3/4-length win in the rich Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream Park. She also earned a 108 Beyer Speed Figure in her penultimate start, the Nasty Storm Stakes, which she dominated by 11 1/4 lengths.

“Working for Bobby (Frankel) I was around several of the Stronach's best runners and Awesome Feather was right up there with the best of them,” said trainer Chad Brown. “She is a rare horse to overcome a tendon injury, like she did, and maintain top form. She is truly special.”

A granddaughter of Adena Springs' top stallion Awesome Again, Awesome Feather retires with earnings of $1,912,746 and a record of 10 victories in 11 starts. Her lone loss came in this year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1). She will start her next career at Mr. and Mrs. Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Breeding plans have not yet been finalized.

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