Stronach Stables' homebred multiple stakes winner Something Awesome continued preparation for the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series with a work over Gulfstream Park's main track Sunday morning.
The millionaire graded-stakes winner breezed five furlongs in 1:02.33 under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, his regular rider who has a return call for the $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) – North America's richest race – Jan. 26.
It was the second local work for Something Awesome, an 8-year-old Awesome Again gelding that was clocked in 1:42.62 for one mile Jan. 5. The horse shipped from trainer Jose Corrales' home base at Laurel Park in Maryland Christmas Day.
“I liked his work. He worked very steady, the way I expected,” Corrales said Sunday. “I feel like the horse really already acclimatized into this weather. When we first came here, not even fast galloping he'd come back blowing so hard, and now he goes all the way around no problem and finishes like I want him to.”
Something Awesome won five of his first six starts since joining Corrales in the fall of 2017, including victories in the seven-furlong General George (G3) and Harrison E. Johnson Memorial at Laurel and $1.2 million Charles Town Classic (G2), the latter two at 1 1/8 miles.
The 8-year-old Awesome Again gelding has made one start since the Pimlico Special (G3) May 18, finishing second to Maryland Coalition Stakes winner Colonel Sharp in an open seven-furlong allowance Nov. 16 at Laurel. Colonel Sharp came back to win the Dave's Friend Stakes Dec. 29.
Overall, Something Awesome has nine wins and $1.093 million in purse earnings from 26 career starts. He has raced twice previously at Gulfstream, running third in a pair of seven-furlong optional claiming allowances Jan. 7 and Feb. 17, 2017.
Prado was also aboard as Unbridled Juan for Corrales, who breezed five furlongs in 1:03.15. The 7-year-old Unbridled's Song gelding went the same distance in 1:04.44 Jan. 5 in his first local work. Winner of the Richard W. Small Stakes at Laurel and Grover 'Buddy' Delp Memorial Stakes in his last two starts, Unbridled Juan finished second in the 2018 Dixie (G3) and third in the 2017 Eclipse (G2).
Unbridled Juan has seven wins and $505,323 in purse earnings from 26 career starts. In his lone career try on turf he was fourth in the 2017 King Edward (G2) at Woodbine, but he has also raced five times over its all-weather surface, including the Eclipse.
“Unbridled worked normal for him. They're both not great work horses but as long as they finish OK and get around there evenly, that's most important. He came back and cool out right away,” Corrales said. “I know he's 6 years old but I think he's now at the peak of where he can be, where he could have been when he was 4 years old but he had his issues. The horse in the morning you really can tell he's doing well.”
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