Awesome Again

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

Elite Sire

  • Sire of 14 G1 winners, 12 millionaires, 4 Breeders' Cup Champions & 5 multi-millionaires
  • 2018 SWs include two NEW millionaires Bravazo (G2/MG1SP) & Something Awesome (G2)
  • $650,000 Juvenile at 2018 OBS March sale
  • Only Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a BC Classic winner
  • "...has quietly put together one of the strongest stallion résumés of his generation.' - DRF.com
  • 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
  • Other G1 winners include Classic winner Oxbow 
  • "...it 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 60 blacktype winners & 6 G1 winners
Pedigree
Awesome Again Deputy Minister Vice Regent Northern Dancer
Victoria Regina
Mint Copy Bunty's Flight
Shakney
Primal Force
(1987)
Blushing Groom (FR) Red God
Runaway Bride (GB)
Prime Prospect Mr. Prospector
Square Generation
Video
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

Won

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

3rd

  • Travers S. -G1

At 4
Eclipse Award finalist
Undefeated season

Won

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

05.20.2018

Adena Springs Classic Breeding Prominent in Preakness 143 Finish

It would be hard to paint a more a dramatic scene for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. A...

It would be hard to paint a more a dramatic scene for Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes. A week-long mid-Atlantic deluge left historic Pimlico Racecourse wringing wet. When the skies briefly, mercifully relented an eerie fog moved in making most of the middle of the jewel of the Triple Crown invisible to the 134,487 brave and wild fans on the grounds. 

It wasn't until the 1/8th pole that the grand chestnut with the big white blaze materialized from the nebula. Justify was in front of Good Magic, their taxing pace duel unknown to most of the roaring crowd. Justify was going to win! But wait, here comes Tenfold! Here comes Bravazo!

At the wire Justify did hold off Bravazo by a 1/2 length with Tenfold another neck back in third. The finish line camera not only captured one of the more exciting finishes in Triple Crown lore, it captured another proud moment in the long and storied history of the Adena Springs breeding program.

Justify is out of a mare by the Adena Springs homebred Hall of Famer Ghostzapper. Bravazo is a son of Ghostzapper's sire, the Adena Springs homebred Hall of Famer Awesome Again. In fact, Bravazo's dam was purchased by Adena Springs specifically for the court of Awesome Again.

A Classic Story 

Awesome Again became the first Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a Breeders' Cup Classic winner when Ghostzapper captured the Classic (and Horse of the Year title) in 2004. He's hardly slowed down since. Awesome Again is now up to 14 Grade 1 winners and his 11th millionaire emerged just last month when another Adena Springs homebred, Something Awesome, scored in the Charles Town Classic (G2).

Bravazo fell just short of giving Awesome Again his second Preakness winner this decade after 2013 hero Oxbow, who won in the colors of Calumet Farm. Oxbow is out of a mare by the Relaunch stallion Cee's Tizzy, also the damsire of Awesome Again's Haskell Invitational (G1) winner and Belmont Stakes (G1) runner-up Paynter. This pattern made Bravazo's dam, the Cee's Tizzy daughter Tiz o' Gold, a coveted target for Awesome Again. The 7-time winner was acquired by Adena Springs, bred to Awesome Again and then sold at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale. Calumet Farm, no doubt influenced by their success with Oxbow, swooped in and made the purchase. 

Watch Director of Sales Dermot Carty Discuss the Adena Springs Breeding Program on TVG

Pedigree blogger Melissa Bauer-Herzog noted the full breadth of Awesome Again's impact on the Preakness weekend stakes in her March 20 post: "At 24 years old and still an active stallion, Awesome Again (Deputy Minister) is already impressive. But add in the fact that that he plays a major role in the pedigrees of the top two Preakness finishers, the Black Eye Susan second and the Chick Lang third and it was a great weekend for the Adena Spring stallion."
 
Black-Eyed Susan runner-up Coach Rocks is from Oxbow's first crop and previously captured the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2); Clouded Judgement is by Oxbow's Stakes-winning full brother Awesome Patriot.

The Flipside

Justify's dam, Stage Magic, is one of 14 blacktype horses from Ghostzapper's first crop. She was bred and raced by her owner John Gunther and joined his storied broodmare band after her 3rd-place finish to Eclipse Champion Groupie Doll in the 2011 Gardenia Stakes (G3). Justify, sold by Gunther for $500,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September auction, is her third foal. 

Ghostzapper first started to emerge as a broodmare sire in 2016 when Drefong rolled through the King's Bishop S. (G1) and Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) en route to Eclipse Award honors. From just 151 starters Ghostzapper daughters are responsible for 13 blacktype winners (8.6%) and four other Graded winners, including the multiple Grade 1 heroine American Gal.

Frank Stronach will be honored with the Dinny Phipps Award on June 7. In a recent interview he summed up his long and prodigious involvement in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industry - "I do what I do because I am heavily involved with horses and love horses." 

Click here for the full interview.

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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)
2nd
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

DUBAI ESCAPADE - $427,050
(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.

BRAVAZO - $1,106,528
(dam by Tiznow)
1st Risen Star S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
2nd Preakness S. G1 (9.5F, Dirt)
2nd Haskell Inv. G1 (8F, Dirt)
3rd Travers S. G1 (10F, Dirt)
3rd Breeders' Futurity G1 (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

SOMETHING AWESOME - $1,082,051
(dam by Dance Floor)
1st Charles Town Classic G2 (9F, Dirt)
1st General George S. G3 (7F, Dirt)
1st Harrison E. Johnson Memorial S. (9F, Dirt), etc.

SPELLING AGAIN - $534,653
(dam by Alphabet Soup)
1st Princess Rooney S. G2 (6F, Dirt)
1st Chilukki S. G2 (8F, Dirt)
1st Open Mind S. (6F, Dirt), etc.

MANITOULIN - $470,256
(dam by Kris S.)
1st Hollywood Turf Cup G2 (12F, Turf)

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)

AWESOME SLEW - $1,220,340
(dam by Seeking the Gold)
1st Smarty Jones S. G3 (8.5F, Dirt)
1st Commonwealth S. G3 (7F, Dirt)
1st Ack Ack S. G3 (7F, Dirt)
2nd Forego S. G1 (7F, Dirt)
2nd Carter H. G1 (7F, Dirt)
3rd Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile G1 (8F, Dirt), etc 

PERSONAL LEGEND - $744,805
(day by Storm Bird)
1st Turnback the Alarm H. G3 (9F, Dirt)
2nd Personal Ensign G1 (10F, Dirt), etc.

HOTSTUFANTHENSOME – $756,743
(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.

GOLDEN MYSTERY - $540,223
(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.

ICE FESTIVAL - $410,408
(dam by Cozzene)
Sovereign Award finalist, Older Female
1st Maple Leaf S. G3 (10F, AW)
2nd Wonder Where S. (10F, Turf), etc.

TEMPORARY SAINT - $405,101
(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)

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

EVERYDAY HEROES - $240,800
(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.

AWESOMEMUNDO - $172,120
(dam by Shuailaan)
1st Allaire DuPont Distaff S G3 (8.5F, Dirt)

PINK CHAMPAGNE - $145,957
(dam by Known Fact)
1st Natalma S. G3 (8F, Turf)

 

Progeny Photo Gallery Mating Recommendations

Updated 10/24/17 

Awesome Again has shown a great affinity for mares carrying Relaunch and the larger In Reality influence. A total of 27 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 is out of dam by Relaunch. Preakness Stakes (G1) hero Oxbow and Haskell Inv. (G1) winner Paynter are out of mares by the Relaunch son Cee’s Tizzy as is 2018 G2W Bravazo. We also find In Reality in the pedigree of Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) champion Awesome Gem through his damsire Pentelicus (by Fappiano out of an In Reality mare). The dams of Oxbow and Paynter are full sisters to Tiznow making his daughters very interesting for Awesome Again.

Awesome Again has done good work with mares showing Seattle Slew, who we find in the second dam lines of both Paynter and Oxbow. Their second dams are by Seattle Song, also the second damsire of G2W Awesome Baby. Two other Awesome Again stars show this pattern, 8x G1W Game on Dude (second dam by the Seattle Slew on Fast Play) and his 2017 MGSW/G1SP Awesome Slew (second dam by Seattle Slew). 

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 G3W Ice Festival and 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 a mare by by Seattle Slew’s best son, A. P. Indy), are certainly interesting for Awesome Again.

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