Awesome Again

Deputy Minister - Primal Force, by Blushing Groom (FR) , 16 hands

Elite Sire

  • Sire of 14 Grade 1 winners, 9 millionaires, 4 Breeders' Cup Champions, 5 multi-millionaires & 3 earners of over $3 million
  • Only Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a BC Classic winner
  • 2016 SWs include Multiple G2 Stakes winner Spelling Again 
  • Other '16 SWs include 3YOs Awesome Slew (G3), Awesome Speed, Awesome Gent & Coco as in Chanel
  • Yearlings have sold for $1.4 million, $1.35 million, etc.
  • Sire of brilliant Horse of the Year & Hall of Famer Ghostzapper, now a leading sire
  • Sire of 8-time G1SW Game on Dude ($6,498,893), only 3-time Big 'Cap winner
  • Sire of Preakness winner Oxbow, now a promising young sire
  • Sire of Haskell Inv. (G1) winner/Belmont Stakes runner-up Paynter, now a promising young sire
  • " is the sheer brilliance of his best offspring that ranks (Awesome Again) among the most important and successful contemporary stallions."- John P. Sparkman
  • Daughters have produced over 50 blacktype winners & 4 Grade 1 winners
Awesome Again Deputy Minister Vice Regent Northern Dancer
Victoria Regina
Mint Copy Bunty's Flight
Primal Force
Blushing Groom (FR) Red God
Runaway Bride (GB)
Prime Prospect Mr. Prospector
Square Generation
Game on Dude - Third Santa Anita H. (G1) Victory - 2014
Paynter - Haskell Invitational (G1)
Wilko - Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)
Oxbow - Preakness S. (G1)
Ghostzapper - Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)
Ginger Punch - Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) - 2007
Game on Dude - 2013 Santa Anita H. (G1)
Round Pond - Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) - 2006
Race Record
Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
3 6 3 0 2 $528,600
4 6 6 0 0 $3,845,990
Totals 12 9 0 2 $4,374,590 

At 3


  • Queen's Plate -Classic 
  • Jim Dandy S. -G2


  • Travers S. -G1

At 4
Eclipse Award finalist
Undefeated season


  • Breeders' Cup Classic -G1
  • Whitney H. -G1
  • Stephen Foster H. -G2
  • Saratoga Breeders' Cup -G2
  • Hawthorne Gold Cup -G3


3YO Awesome Slew by 7 in $300,000 Smarty Jones S. (G3)

The gate was full for the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing on Monday as 14...

The gate was full for the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing on Monday as 14 3-year-olds went to the post in the 1 1/16-mile stakes. But when the gates opened, Paco Lopez quickly turned the race into a one-horse affair as he smoothly put Awesome Slew on the lead from post 14.

"I used to ride Quarter Horses, you know," Lopez joked after the race.

Once Awesome Slew made the front, the race was basically over. He ran his rivals off their feet, held an eight-length lead at the furlong pole, and coasted home under mild urging to win by seven lengths. He paid $23.80 and was timed in 1:42.92.

Wild About Deb finished second, four lengths ahead of Seeking the Soul.

Awesome Slew's performance has been a long time in the making. A son of Awesome Again bred & owned by the Live Oak Plantation of Charlotte Weber, he has had to overcome a lot of adversity for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who has made quite clear this summer how highly he thinks of the colt.

Awesome Slew came out of a fourth-place finish last year in the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga with an ankle chip, then got very sick over the winter in Florida with colitis. Since recovering, he has had to play catch-up all season.

Plesa finally thought he had Awesome Slew at his best for the Haskell Invitational, but the track came up sloppy, and the horse didn't handle it, losing by 32 lengths.

"It's like you can't keep coming up with excuses," Plesa said. "This win is very gratifying. Paco deserves a ton of credit, and so does the horse and my entire crew, especially the head of the team, Charlotte Weber."

The Smarty Jones win was especially meaningful, Plesa said, because the race is named after Smarty Jones, whom his brother-in-law John Servis, sent out to win the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Awesome Slew's win didn't appear to take much out of him, but Plesa said he most likely wouldn't wheel him back in 19 days in the Grade 2, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.

"My gut feeling is probably not," Plesa said, "but I will listen to him extra hard and see what he tells me. It's a little quick to come back against that caliber of horses."

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Top Runners
Awesome Again has sired:
(Click name for 5-cross pedigree & nicking information)

GAME ON DUDE - $6,498,893
(dam by Devil His Due)
1st Santa Anita H. G1 a record3 times (10F, Dirt)
NSR in 2014, record margin in 2013
1st Hollywood Gold Cup G1 twice (10F, AW)
1st Pacific Classic G1 (10F, AW)
1st Goodwood S. G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Awesome Again S. G1 (9F, Dirt)
2nd Breeders' Cup Classic G1 (10F, Dirt), etc.

GHOSTZAPPER - $3,446,120
(dam by Relaunch)
Horse of the Year, Champion Older Male in U. S.
Inducted into Hall of Fame - 2012
1st Breeders’ Cup Classic G1 (10F, Dirt)
1st Metropolitan H. G1 (8F, Dirt)
1st Woodward S. G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Vosburgh S. G1 (6.5F, Dirt)
1st Tom Fool H. G2 (7F, Dirt)
1st Philip H. Iselin BC H. G3 (9F, Dirt)

GINGER PUNCH - $3,065,603
(dam by Bold Revenue)   
Champion Older Mare in U. S
1st Breeders’ Cup Distaff G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Ogden Phipps H. G1 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Personal Ensign S. G1 (10F, Dirt)
1st Go For Wand H. G1 (twice) (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Ruffian H. G1, (9F, Dirt), etc.

AWESOME GEM - $2,881,370
(dam by Pentelicus)
1st Hollywood Gold Cup G1 (10F, AW)
1st Hawthorne Gold Cup G2 (10F, Dirt)
1st San Fernando BC S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
2nd Pacific Classic H. G1 (10F, AW)
2nd Goodwood H. G1 (9F, AW/Dirt) (twice)
2nd Eddie Read H. G1 (9F, Turf)
3rd Breeders’ Cup Classic G1 (10F, Dirt), etc.

WILKO - $2,435,133
(dam by Indian Ridge)
1st Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G1 (8.5F, Dirt)
2nd Dubai World Cup G1 (10F, Dirt)
3rd Santa Anita Derby G1 (9F, Dirt)
3rd Hollywood Futurity G1, (8.5F, Dirt) etc.

ROUND POND – 1,998,700
(dam by Trempolino)
1st Breeders Cup Distaff G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Acorn S. G1 (8F, Dirt)
1st Fantasy S. G2, (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

OXBOW - $1,243,500
(dam by Cee's Tizzy)
1st Preakness S. G1 (9.5F, Dirt)
1st LeComte S. G3 (8.32F, Dirt)
Belmont S. G1 (12F, Dirt)

PAYNTER - $1,101,924
(dam by Cee's Tizzy)
1st Haskell Invitational S. G1 (9F, Dirt)
2nd Belmont Stakes G1 (12F, Dirt)
2nd Awesome Again S. G1 (9F, Dirt)
2nd San Diego H. G2 (8.5F, AW)
3rd Derby Trial G3 (8F, Dirt)

TOCCET - $931,387
(dam by Cozzene)
1st Champagne G1 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Hollywood Futurity G1 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Remsen G2, (9F, Dirt)
1st Laurel Futurity G3 (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

SPUN SUGAR - $929,171
(dam by Irish Open)
1st Apple Blossom H. G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Go For Wand H. G1 (9F, Dirt)
1st Black-Eyed Susan S. G2 (9F, Dirt), etc.

SUGAR SHAKE - $500,636
(dam by Skip Trial)
1st Santa Maria H. G1 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st El Encino S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt), etc

(dam by Saratoga Six)
World Record 2YO Filly Purchase ($2,000,000)
1st Ballerina BC S. G1 (7F, Dirt)
1st Madison S. G2 (7F, Dirt),  etc.

DAAHER - $461,384
(dam by Saratoga Six)
1st Cigar Mile G1 (8F, Dirt)
1st Jerome H. G2 (8F, Dirt), etc.

(dam by Alphabet Soup)
1st Princess Rooney S. G2 (6F, Dirt)
1st Chilukki S. G2 (8F, Dirt)
1st Open Mind S. (6F, Dirt), etc.

AWESOME BABY - $356,078
(dam by Running Stag)
1st Santa Ynez S. G2 (6.5F, Dirt)
1st Santa Ysabel S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Sunland Park Oaks (8.5F, Dirt)

ANEW - $307,513
(dam by Olympio)
1st True North H. G2 (6F, Dirt)

SPACY TRACY - $248,190
(dam by Theatrical)
1st Top Flight S. G2 (8F, Dirt)
1st Justakiss S. (8.5F, Dirt)

SPRINGSIDE - $198,260
(dam by Digression)
1st Demoiselle S. G2 (9F, Dirt)

(day by Storm Bird)
1st Turnback the Alarm H. G3 (9F, Dirt)
2nd Personal Ensign G1 (10F, Dirt), etc.

(dam by Turkoman)
1st Cliff Hanger S. G3 (8.5F, Turf)
1st Mac Diarmida H. G3 (NCR) (11F, Turf)
1st Elkwood S. (NCR) (8.5F, Turf), etc.

(dam by Saint Ballado)
1st Hurricane Bertie S. G3 (6.5F, Dirt)
1st Sunshine Millions F/M Sprint (6F, Dirt)

TESSA BLUE – $533,100
(dam by Conquistador Cielo)
1st Indiana Oaks G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Inside Information (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

(dam by Great Gladiator)
1st Westchester H. G3 (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

RUMOR HAS IT - $303,316
(dam by Time For A Change)
1st Kentucky Cup Turf G3 (12F, Turf), etc.

AWESOME ACT - $296,885
(dam by A. P. Indy)
1st Gotham S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
3rd Wood Memorial S. G1 (9F, Dirt)

AWESOME SLEW - $293,320
(dam by Seeking the Gold)
1st Smarty Jones S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
3rd Pegasus S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)

SNORTER - $242,677
(dam by Meadowlake)
1st Berkeley BC H. G3 (8.5F, Dirt), etc

(dam by Dayjur)
1st Hirsch Jacobs S. G3 (6F, Dirt)
1st James B. Moseley (6F, Dirt)
2nd Woody Stephens G2 (7F, Dirt)

AWESOME TIME - $226,450
(dam by Seattle Slew)
1st Leonard Richards G3 (8.5F, Dirt)

AWESOME CHIC - $216,028
(dam by A. P. Indy)
1st Florida Oaks G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Gasparilla S. (7F, Dirt), etc.

(dam by Shuailaan)
1st Allaire DuPont Distaff S G3 (8.5F, Dirt)

(dam by Known Fact)
1st Natalma S. G3 (8F, Turf)

Progeny Photo Gallery Mating Recommendations

Updated October 11, 2016

Awesome Again has shown a great affinity for mares carrying Relaunch and the larger In Reality influence. A total of 25 Awesome Again stakes horses are out of mares showing In Reality within five generations. These include many of his very best runners: Horse of the Year & Hall of Famer Ghostzapper (dam by Relaunch), Preakness Stakes (G1) hero Oxbow (Cee’s Tizzy), Haskell Inv. (G1) winner Paynter (Cee’s Tizzy), and Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) champion Awesome Gem (through Pentelicus). The dams of Oxbow and Paynter are full sisters to Tiznow and daughters of that top Kentucky stallion can be considered prime targets for Awesome Again.

Awesome Again has had tremendous and ongoing success with mares showing Seattle Slew. A trio of his 2016 stakes winners are out of Seattle Slew-influenced mares - Awesome Speed (dam by the A. P. Indy stallion Aptitude), Coco as in Chanel (dam by Capote son Boston Harbor) and G3W Awesome Slew (second dam by Seattle Slew). We also find Seattle Slew in the second dam lines of both Paynter and Oxbow (second dams by Seattle Song) as well as another Awesome Again star, 8x G1W Game on Dude (second dam by Fast Play).

Game on Dude is also an example of Awesome Again’s prowess with mares showing Hail to Reason, as he is one of 17 stakes winners and 28 stakes horses by Awesome Again out of mares carrying this influence. Game on Dude is out of a mare by the Halo grandson Devil His Due and GSW Golden Mystery is out of a mare by Saint Ballado, a full brother to Devil His Due’s sire, Devil’s Bag. Overall, Awesome Again has sired three graded winners and three other graded-placed runners out of mares carrying Halo. The Roberto offshoot of the Hail to Reason broodmare line has also played a prime role. GSW Awesomemundo is out of a mare by Shuailaan and is one of Awesome Again’s four stakes winners out of Roberto granddaughters. Awesome Again has also sired stakes winners out of mares by Kris S., Lear Fan and Red Ransom.

Of the 41 Awesome Again stakes horses that carry a double of Northern Dancer, 10 are out of mares that show the influence of Nijinsky II. G1W Dubai Escapade and Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) heroine Round Pound both show Nijinsky II in their second dam-lines as do the GSWs Anew and Tessa Blue.

Awesome Again’s first G1W, Toccet, is out of a mare by the Caro stallion Cozzene and he is among the 11 stakes horses that Awesome Again has sired out of Cozzene-influenced mares. This sample also includes Awesome Again’s MG2W Spelling Again, who is out of a mare by Cozzene’s son, Alphabet Soup. Awesome Again has also sired a stakes winner out of a mare by Maria’s Mon, whose dam is by Caro. Interestingly, the reverse of this cross worked to great effect, producing G1W Awesome Maria. Retiring daughters of Maria’s Mon’s son, Super Saver (out of an A. P. Indy mare), are certainly interesting for Awesome Again.

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