AWESOME GEM RUNS HUGE IN SIR BEAUFORT (G3)
Craig Dollase said, "What a race. This horse is just getting better and better. We're coming off a two month layoff and trying really good horses. That's a huge test. I knew he was training very well, but he probably wasn't even as tight as he could be. Then, he gets caught in some traffic and loses some momentum down the backstretch and gets in tight in the stretch. I thought this was the right spot for this horse because he's got such an explosive kick, and his running style fitS well in race like this. Our goal has always been the last two legs of the Strub Series, but this race was a test to see where we stood with nothing to lose. Now, we're going to have so many options open to us going forward that we couldn't be in a much better position. We'll head into the next race with a fresh horse, and we'll have the turf to dirt angle working for us as well. If he comes out of the race well, then we'll be all set for a big winter."
Tyler Baze said, "I felt like I almost clipped heels about sixteen times during the race, and I had to check pretty hard one time at a crucial point. This horse is explosive. He gave me a real burst, and he went through the hole when I asked him. I thought we were going to get there. He can run."
Awesome Gem earned $22,860 for his effort bringing his career total up to an impressive $98,960. He will now point for the $200,000 San Frenando Stakes(G2) on January 13th at Santa Anita.