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Awesome Gem Finishes 3rd in G3 Berkeley Stakes

May 26, 2009 · By · Share

Veteran Beaten Less Than a Length in Graded Stakes

Awesome Gem once again proved what an honest racehorse he is with his narrow third-place finish in Monday's G3 Berkeley Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.  Less than a length separated the top three finishers in a thrilling edition of the graded event.

Gem was content to sit towards the back of the back after the opening half mile.  About three furlongs from home, he was given his cue by jockey Alex Solis.  Awesome Gem began picking off horses one by one as they turned for home.  He would swing out late, but was unable to get by the top two finishers in a blanket finish.

"He was moving really nicely throughout," said Solis.  "I thought we were the winner the whole way, unforutnately, we just couldn't quite get there."

The final time for the mile-and-a-sixteenth race was 1:43.12, just a second off the track record.

"It's a tough one, that's for sure," said Gem's trainer Craig Dollase.  "Whenever you lose by that much, it's tough to swallow, but when it's in a graded stakes, it makes it that much more difficult.  He ran his race.  He always does.  He's as game as they come."

Awesome Gem's third-place finish in the G3 Berkeley added to his remarkable run of consistently solid performances in graded stakes races during his career.  It was the ninth time he has hit the board in a graded event.

For his effort, the six-year-old son of Awesome Again earned $18,000, and has now earned over $1.24 million during his career.

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