Awesome Again

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Awesome Again
Sire Deputy Minister
Grandsire Vice Regent
Dam Primal Force
Damsire Blushing Groom
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1994
Country Canada
Colour Bay
Breeder Frank Stronach
Owner Stronach Stables
Trainer David Hofmans (1997)
Patrick B. Byrne (1998)
Record 12: 9-0-2
Earnings $4,374,590
Major wins

Jim Dandy Stakes (1997)
Stephen Foster Handicap (1998)
Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (1998)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1998)
Whitney Handicap (1998)

Canadian Classic Race wins:
Queen's Plate (1997)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Classic (1998)
Honours
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (2001) Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita
Last updated on January 6, 2007

Awesome Again (born March 29, 1994) is a Canadian Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse. Owned and bred by Frank Stronach of Newmarket, Ontario, Awesome Again was sired by Deputy Minister and out of the 2000 Broodmare of the Year Primal Force.

At age 3, Awesome Again ran in the United States and in Canada, where he won that country's most prestigious race, the Queen's Plate. At Saratoga Race Course, he won the Jim Dandy Stakes, then finished third in the Travers Stakes. His 1997 racing season ended after he suffered a back injury while finishing fifth in the Super Derby.

In 1998, Awesome Again went undefeated. He won all six races he entered, in the process defeating Champions Silver Charm and Skip Away. He came from far back to win over one of the best-ever fields assembled in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Success as a sire[edit]

Standing at stud at the Midway, Kentucky branch of owner Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farms, Awesome Again is fast becoming an important sire. Among his most famous sons is Ghostzapper, voted the 2004 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year in the United States and the "World's Top Ranked Horse" for 2004, as compiled by the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings. Awesome Again became the first Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a winner of that race when Ghostzapper won the Classic in 2004. Notable as well, on that same day, another son named Wilko won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, making Awesome Again the first Breeders' Cup winner to sire two Breeders' Cup winners on one day.

Awesome Again is also the sire of Round Pond, winner of the 2006 Breeders' Cup Distaff, plus the filly Spun Sugar, who won the 2006 Apple Blossom and Go For Wand Handicap. In 2007, Awesome Again became the first Breeders' Cup winner to sire four Breeders' Cup winners when Adena Springs homebred Ginger Punch won the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Monmouth Park.

Awesome Again also sired Game On Dude,[1] three-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap,[2] the Goodwood Stakes, and the Hollywood Gold Cup. His son Paynter was second in the 2012 Belmont Stakes and winner of the Haskell Invitational.[3]

In 2013, his son Oxbow won the 2013 Preakness Stakes.[4] Oxbow's full brother, Awesome Patriot, won the Alydar Stakes.[5] A third full brother to Oxbow is in race training.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "Awesome Again (CAN)". Racing Post. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  2. ^ http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/87459/game-on-dude-won-three-big-caps-retired
  3. ^ Reed, Patrick (2013-05-19). "Preakness Stakes: Oxbow fulfills potential of stellar pedigree with win". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 2013-05-24. 
  4. ^ Staff. "Oxbow". The Jockey Club. Retrieved 2013-05-19. 
  5. ^ Staff. "Tizamazing". Equineline. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Oakford, Glenye Cain (2013-05-20). "Santulli's long-term investment pays off in Oxbow". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 2013-06-04.