Jacks or Better Farm's Positively Awesome remained undefeated Sunday at Gulfstream Park, where the 2-year-old homebred colt did his family proud with a 2 ¾-length triumph in the $75,000 Kodiak Island.
The Florida-bred son of Awesome of Course established himself as a leading contender for the upcoming FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series in the 5 ½-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds while giving Jack or Better Farm's all-star broodmare Sexy Stockings yet another stakes winner.
Positively Awesome is a half-brother to Jackson Bend, a multiple Grade 1 stakes winner who earned $1.8 million and swept the 2009 Florida Sires Stakes series, as well as Grande Shores, a multiple-stakes winner with $665,000 in earnings, and stakes-winning Garter Belt, the dam of multiple-stakes winners Twotwentyfive A., who captured the 2014 FSS Affirmed, and Garter and Tie, the 2018 FSS Affirmed victor.
“At this point, he looks the part and acts like Jackson Bend did,” Jacks or Better Farm's Fred Brei said.
Positively Awesome broke well from the starting gate, outsprinted to the lead by Man With a Plan, who was pressed by even-money favorite Absolute Grit along the backstretch. Positively Awesome, who settled well off the early pace in his April 12 debut triumph, put himself into the race under a strong hold by jockey Edgard Zayas heading into the far turn. The Ralph Nicks-trained 2-1 second choice moved to the lead on the turn into the homestretch with Absolute Grit to his outside. Positively Awesome, when asked for some run by Zayas, drew away to a comfortable victory over Absolute Grit, who finished 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Man With a Plan.
“The plan was to try and sit off. The first time [he ran] I had to help him a little bit and today he was sharper than what he was the first time. He's learning more and he's just getting better,” Zayas said. “He was pretty awesome after he got into the clear. He just kept on rolling from there. I think he's really going to appreciate more distance.”
Positively Awesome ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.95.
“He's got a lot of class. He broke well. He was a little keener than he was last time. He settled way back. Today, he was up in the race,” Nicks said. “He put him in position at the quarter-pole. They swarmed him and he spurts away. It was a very impressive effort.”
The 2019 Florida Sire Stakes kicks off with the $100,000 Dr. Fager at six furlongs at Gulfstream Aug. 3, followed by the $200,000 Affirmed Aug. 31 at seven furlongs and the $400,000 In Reality Sept. 28 at 1 1/16 miles. FSS action for juvenile fillies will kick off with the $100,000 Desert Vixen, followed by the $200,000 Susan's Girl and the $400,000 My Dear Girl.
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