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Awesome Gem wins impressively!!!

June 23, 2007 · By · Share

Sometimes a horse's name perfectly describes them.  Awesome Gem was exactly as advertised, awesome, as he never felt the sting of the whip in winning a "three other than" allowance at Hollywood Park.  A true push button horse in every sense of the word, Awesome Gem settled near the back of the pack early while under a good hold by jockey Alex Solis.  Awesome Gem gradually advanced down the backstretch to within two-lengths of the lead with Solis still sitting chilly on Awesome Gem's back.  Once he straightened away in the stretch, Solis gave Awesome Gem his cue and he powered through the lane to run down a highly respected Storm Cat colt that had everything his own way on the lead and draw off late under only a hand ride.

Trainer Craig Dollase said, "That was absolutely perfect.  We could not have asked for a better setup for the rest of the summer.  The horse did everything on his own, and we didn't get to the bottom of him today.  He won at will, and that's exactly the kind of race I wanted to set him up for Del Mar.  Alex gave him the perfect trip, and he rode the horse like he was the best in the race.  The runner-up had every right to win the race.  He set sensible fractions and got away turning for home.  Awesome Gem was just that much better.  He will be brimming with confidence after this race."

Jockey Alex Solis said, "I had to do one thing today.  I had to figure out how not to fall off the horse.  My horse did everything by himself.  He absolutely drug me around the course.  I learned a lot from the last race.  I saw what a push button horse he is, so I just had to wait and tell him when to go.  I didn't want to move too soon and give him any excuses to goof around.  When I asked him he went, and I just was along for the ride.  It doesn't get any easier than that."

A four-year-old son of Awesome Again, Awesome Gem now has four wins and four seconds from eleven career starts.  He won the Grade 2 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes in January and has earnings of over $271,000.  His next race will come in the $300,000 San Diego Handicap(G2) on July 21st at Del Mar.

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