Awesome Feather is retired
Awesome Feather, the champion two-year-old filly of 2010, has been retired. The nine-time stakes queen sustained her only loss in her career finale, finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic at Santa Anita, and earned $2,912,746 from 11 starts.
The four-year-old filly began her career in the Stanley Gold barn racing in the colors of her breeder Jacks or Better Farm Inc. and recorded a 5 3/4-length victory in her career bow, a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Calder. From there Awesome Feather rolled through an unbeaten juvenile season with a victory in the J J'sdream Stakes followed by a sweep of the three-race Florida Stallion Series for two-year-old fillies. Her 8 1/4-length romp in the final leg, the My Dear Girl Stakes, made her the public's choice in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Churchill Downs and the bay lass rewarded her supporters with a handy 2 1/4-length victory to secure the Eclipse Award.
Two days after her Breeders' Cup tour de force, Awesome Feather was purchased by Adena Springs for $2.3 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale. After recovering from a tendon injury, she returned in October of 2011 with an easy win in an overnight stakes at Aqueduct for new owner, Frank Stronach, and new trainer, Chad Brown. That set her up for her next Grade 1 victory in the Gazelle Stakes over Thanksgiving weekend.
Awesome Feather added two more stakes victories to her resume in 2012, including an emphatic 5 3/4-length win in the rich Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream Park, and dominated her penultimate start, the Nasty Storm Stakes in September at Belmont Park, by a 11 1/4-length margin.
"Working for Bobby (Frankel) I was around several of the Stronach's best runners and Awesome Feather was right up there with the best of them," Brown said. "She is a rare horse to overcome a tendon injury, like she did, and maintain top form. She is truly special."
A granddaughter of Adena Springs' top stallion Awesome Again, the Awesome of Course filly is out of the multiple stakes-winning Gone West mare Precious Feather. Awesome Feather will start her next career at Mr. and Mrs. Stronach's Adena Springs Farm in Paris, Kentucky. Breeding plans have not yet been finalized.