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 Breeders' Cup F/M Sprint contender Spelling Again (MG2SW)
  • Other '16 SWs include 3YOs 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
  • "...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 nearly 50 blacktype winners & 4 G1 winners, including 2015 Travers winner Keen Ice (G1)
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

07.03.2016

Spelling Again Earns BC Berth With Princess Rooney S. (G2) Triumph

Seajay Racing's Spelling Again turned back a late bid from Cali Star and won the Princess Rooney...

Seajay Racing's Spelling Again turned back a late bid from Cali Star and won the Princess Rooney Stakes (gr. II) by a neck July 2 at Gulfstream Park.

Watch the Princess Rooney Stakes 

The Princess Rooney, part of the track's Summit of Speed program, offered a $250,000 purse and a fees paid, automatic starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) in November at Santa Anita Park. 

Spelling Again, a Pennsylvania-bred 5-year-old daughter of Awesome Again—Spelling, by Alphabet Soup, finished seven furlongs in 1:22.09. Saturday's win marked her sixth in 20 and second in a graded event following last year's victory in the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

"It was a fantastic race, great effort by her," said Cox by phone after watching the race from Churchill Downs. "She probably had to move a little bit prematurely when that horse [Kiss to Remember] moved up outside her on the turn. But Luis recognized it, stayed after her, put that one away, and held off [Cali Star]. Gulfstream is a tough place to ship into in the middle of the summer, but she's a tough horse and tough horses overcome things. She rewarded us today. I'm very proud of her.

Tracking from fourth, then third, early while My Miss Venezuela carved out the opening fractions for a half mile, Spelling Again started her roll leaving the backstretch for Luis Saez. Making the lead at the five-sixteenths pole as Kiss to Remember joined her, she knuckled down to shake free of that challenger and had enough in reserve to repel late-running Cali Star to get the win. 

"It was a good set-up," Saez said. "She had a great trip. She broke good and she was right there. She was always very comfortable. I had a little pressure early, but I knew I had enough horse. When she came to the stretch she kept running. I got nervous—that other horse was flying—but I knew I just had to ride harder. And we got it."

Spelling Again, who was bred and raced by George Strawbridge early in her career and has now earned $517,576.

-edited from www.bloodhorse.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)

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.

SPELLING AGAIN - $517,576
(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)

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.

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 November 20, 2015

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, including many of his very best runners: Horse of the Year & Hall of Famer Ghostzapper (dam by Relaunch), Preakness Stakes (G1) hero Oxbow (dam by the Relaunch son Cee’s Tizzy), Haskell Inv. (G1) winner Paynter (dam also by Cee’s Tizzy), and Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) champion Awesome Gem. The dams of Oxbow and Paynter are full sisters to Tiznow and daughters of that top Kentucky stallion are considered prime targets for Awesome Again.

The Seattle Slew son Seattle Song is the second damsire of both Paynter and Oxbow as well as being the sire of the third dam of MGSW Awesome Baby. Another Seattle Slew granddaughter is the second dam of MG1W Game on Dude. With mares by Slew’s best son, A. P. Indy, Awesome Again has sired G3W Awesome Chic and SW Dance Again, a Sam-Son Farm homebred. Overall, Awesome Again has sired 19 stakes horses out of mares showing the influence of Seattle Slew, including 2015 2YO SW Awesome Speed (dam by the A. P. Indy stallion Aptitude, 2nd dam by Relaunch).

Game on Dude is also an example of Awesome Again’s success with mares showing Hail to Reason as he is one of 17 Awesome Again stakes winners (seven graded) 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 in the pedigrees of Awesome Again stakes winners. GSW Awesomemundo, for example, is out of a mare by the Roberto stallion Shuailaan and is one of his 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 36 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 eleven stakes horses that Awesome Again has sired out of Cozzene-influenced mares. This sample also includes Awesome Again’s 2015 SW 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 emerging son Super Saver (out of an A. P. Indy mare) are certainly interesting for Awesome Again.

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