Awesome Gem Returns In Kilroe Mile (G1)
West Point Thoroughbreds' first millionaire, Awesome Gem is set to make his first start since the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday in the $250,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap at Santa Anita. We gave the seven-year-old gelded son of Awesome Again some time to recharge his batteries after a productive 2009 campaign. He has been working like a freight train since returning to his conditioner Craig Dollase.
In 2009, Awesome Gem captured the Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2), was second in both the Eddie Read Handicap (G1) and Longacres Mile (G3), and third in the Berkley Handicap (G3).
His 2008 took West Point Thoroughbreds to the highest levels of racing, as he competed in the the Breeders Cup Mile and was invited to run in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse.
He has hit the board in twelve-graded stakes races, including four Grade I's, and won the San Fernando Stakes (G2) in 2007. He also finished second in both the Pacific Classic (G1) and the Goodwood (G1) in 2007. He culminated that year with a third place finish behind Curlin in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1). His career earnings currently stand at just shy of $1.7 million.
Trainer Craig Dollase says, "This horse is as good as ever. The time off after his tough campaign really helped him. He is sound and strong. I am really excited about this year with him."
Terry Finley, President of West Point Thoroughbreds says, "Awesome Gem has been such a marvelous horse for us. He was our first millionaire and has put us on racing's biggest stages. He tries hard every time, and is a class act. We hope the Kilroe is a solid prep for the New Orleans Handicap on March 27th. Our ultimate goal is the Breeders' Cup Classic. It would be his fourth straight Breeders' Cup."
The Kilroe Mile is the 9th race at Santa Anita with post time of 4:08 PST/7:08 PST. Awesome Gem will break from post 3 of 11 with David Flores aboard.