Awesome Again

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

Elite Sire

  • 2019: Belmont S. (G1) hero Sir Winston, G2SW Always Shopping, etc.
  • Other recent SWs include millionaires Bravazo (G2/MG1SP) & Something Awesome (G2)
  • Sire of 14 G1 winners on dirt, 12 millionaires, 4 Breeders' Cup Champions & 5 multi-millionaires
  • "Access to Awesome Again remains a priceless privilege." - Thoroughbred Daily News
  • Only Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a BC Classic winner
  • Sire of a Breeders' Cup Classic winner (Ghostzapper) and damsire of a Breeders' Cup Classic winner (Accelerate)
  • "...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 70 blacktype winners & 6 G1 winners, including Eclipse Champion Accelerate
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)
Sir Winston - Belmont Stakes (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

06.09.2019

Awesome Again's Sir Winston The Hero of 151st Belmont Stakes

Tracy Farmer's homebred Sir Winston got through a hole on the rail and then split horses to grant...

Tracy Farmer's homebred Sir Winston got through a hole on the rail and then split horses to grant Mark Casse a second American Classic victory just three weeks after War of Will landed the Canadian Hall of Fame trainer his first.

“He's an amazing little horse. I'm very proud of him because he's kind of what our operation represents, and that is I feel like we develop horses,” Casse said. “I have this philosophy. I start every horse out thinking that they are going to win the Kentucky Derby, or the Oaks. That's what I do. And I will try different surfaces; I will try different methods. With a horse like Sir Winston, you know, it paid off there.”

A 3-year-old son of Awesome Again, Sir Winston defeated 9-5 favorite Tacitus by a length at the wire and completed 1 1/2 miles over Big Sandy's fast main track in 2:28.30. Jockey Joel Rosario crafted a beautiful trip to win his second Belmont Stakes, following a victory with Tonalist in 2014.

“He's a very nice horse and you have to let him do this thing. I'm really happy,” said Rosario, who also won the Belmont when Tonalist ended California Chrome's Triple Crown bid in 2014. “It seemed like he didn't mind [being] inside. I just took my time with him. For the distance, he broke very good. Today, he was a little closer, so I let him be where he was comfortable.”


Joevia left his inside post position with good speed and made the lead, tracked by Tax through moderate early fractions of :23.92 and :48.79. Spinoff was up close as well, with a wide War of Will flanking him in fourth through the sweeping clubhouse turn. Everfast kept pace along the rail there, with Tacitus behind him and between horses. Meanwhile, Sir Winston had a good position at the rail in third-last down the backstretch, saving ground and staying relaxed about seven lengths behind the early leaders.

After three-quarters in 1:13.54, Rosario gave Sir Winston his cue to move up the rail from seventh. He eased inside of Everfast and took up running in fourth position, but still found himself behind a wall of frontrunners rounding the last bit of the far turn.

Joevia and Tax had come head-and-head by the top of the lane, and with Sir Winston garnering the golden rail, the favored Tacitus was forced to take the overland route. The big gray was sent about six wide around the turn while second choice War of Will was five wide, but each was moving well and appeared to have every chance at the head of the lane.

Sir Winston saw daylight to the outside of Tax, and Rosario guided him over about four paths to take the opening just ahead of War of Will. The colt's turn of foot put him on the lead at the eighth pole, and his ground-saving trip left Rosario enough in the tank to fend off the late challenge from Tacitus.

At the wire, Sir Winston was a length ahead of Tacitus to win the Belmont. Joevia ran on near the rail to hold third over a hard-trying Tax, while Master Fencer didn't find his best stride until the final eighth of a mile but was absolutely flying to gain fifth.

Casse said War of Will and Sir Winston could both target the 10-furlong Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course.

“I tell you what, they all better watch out going to a mile-and-a-quarter because Sir Winston will come running, too. Sir Winston is a pretty serious horse, so don't count him out,” Casse said.

“Again I'll talk to Mr. Farmer but I don't think there's much out there he would enjoy more than winning the Travers, so I'm sure he'll be all for that,” he added.

Foaled on his owner's Shadowlawn Farm in Midway, Ky., Sir Winston is a second-generation homebred out of the Grade 3 winner La Gran Bailadora (Afleet Alex). Farmer purchased Sir Winston's granddam, Affirmed Dancer (Affirmed), as a weanling at Keeneland for $150,000, and raced her to a listed stakes win and graded placing.

Sir Winston's career began with a pair of off-the-board finishes at Churchill and Saratoga before the colt broke his maiden in his third outing at Woodbine. He followed that up with a third in the G3 Grey Stakes and win in the listed Display Stakes, but as a 3-year-old he was unable to earn enough points to contest the Kentucky Derby. His best finish this year before the Belmont came in a runner-up effort to Global Campaign in the G3 Peter Pan Stakes. Overall, Sir Winston has won three of his 10 starts to earn over $900,000.

-edited from www.paulickreport.com

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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)

SIR WINSTON - $961,770
(dam by Afleet Alex)
1st Belmont S. G1 (12F, Dirt)
1st Display S. (8.5F, AW)
2nd Peter Pan S. G3 (9F, 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 - $2,003,530
(dam by Tiznow)
1st Risen Star S. G2 (8.5F, Dirt)
2nd Preakness S. G1 (9.5F, Dirt)
2nd Haskell Inv. G1 (8F, Dirt)
2nd Clark H. G1 (9F, Dirt)
3rd Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile G1 (8F, Dirt)
3rd Travers S. G1 (10F, Dirt)
3rd Breeders' Futurity G1 (8.5F, Dirt), etc.

SOMETHING AWESOME - $1,312,525
(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 - $475,397
(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)

ALWAYS SHOPPING - $254,500
(dam by More Than Ready)
1st Gazelle S. G2 (9F, Dirt)
1st Busanda S. (9F, 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 - $1,223,310
(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 February 4, 2019

Awesome Again has shown a great affinity for mares carrying Relaunch and his sire, In Reality. 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 daughter of Relaunch while Preakness Stakes (G1) hero Oxbow and Haskell Inv. (G1) winner Paynter are out of mares by the Relaunch son Cee’s Tizzy. The 2018 G2W/G1SP Bravazo is also out of a Cee’s Tizzy dam. We 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 through Seattle Song. Seattle Song is 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 millionaire 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 18 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. 2019 G2W Always Shopping is out of a daughter of the Halo grandson More Than Ready. 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 paid dividends. GSW Awesomemundo is out of a mare by Shuailaan (by Roberto) 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 who is out of a mare by the Seattle Slew son A. P. Indy, are certainly interesting for Awesome Again.

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