Awesome Gem runs second in Pacific Classic(G1)
Awesome Gem confirmed his status as a legitimate Breeders' Cup Classic contender running a fast closing second in the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic(G1) at Del Mar. Awesome Gem broke well then settled toward of the back of the pack in ninth through the first six-furlongs. Jockey David Flores gave Awesome Gem his cue on the turn for home, and Awesome Gem mounted a four-wide rally. Awesome Gem began gobbling up the ground in the stretch closing with every stride. The winner drifted out in the stretch forcing David Flores to choose a line and come out even further. Awesome Gem continued closing, but the wire came up too soon and Awesome Gem fell a diminishing half-length short.
Trainer Craig Dollase said, "What an unbelievable race. The winner is a synthetic surface specialist, and I have been saying for the past few weeks that Awesome Gem doesn't seem to get over this surface as well as the cushion track at Hollywood. Despite that, the horse showed how talented he is. He is a true mile and a quarter horse if there ever was one. I think he showed that he is a truly legitimate Breeders' Cup Classic contender. Any time you have a one run horse like this you have to hope that you will get up in time. The winner ran great, but we were getting to him. I am delighted with the race."
David Flores said, "I love this horse. He's so neat. When you ask him to run he gives you everything he has. I thought we might get to the winner. He forced me out in the stretch and we ran out of ground. He ran a great race."
Awesome Gem, a four-year-old son of Awesome Again, earned $200,000 for his Pacific Classic effort. The result pushed his career earnings over $530,000.