Awesome Gems Seeks First Grade 1 Win in Hollywood Gold Cup
As Steve Haskin says, "He has complied a record that should make him one of the most endearing horses in the country." The horse he talks about is Awesome Gem. Click here to read a fabulous article about Awesome Gem and his tremendous accomplishments written by Haskin.
Awesome Gem will look to push his career earnings past the $2 million mark in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) on Saturday. He enters the race off a game second place finish in the Lone Star Park Handicap on May 31st. Earlier this year, he was second in both the $1,000,000 Charles Town Classic and New Orleans Handicap (G2).
In 2009, Awesome Gem captured the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II), over a conventional dirt surface. Also in 2009, the chestnut son of Awesome Again was second in both the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. I) and Longacres Mile (gr. III), and third in the Berkley Handicap (gr. III).
His 2008 took West Point Thoroughbreds to the highest levels of racing, as he competed in the Breeders' Cup Mile and was invited to run in the Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Awesome Gem has hit the board in fourteen-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).
Trainer Craig Dollase says, "What can I say? This horse always puts in a good effort. He is so versatile. If there is a solid pace up front on Saturday, he will come running. I think this is a great spot to get him the Grade 1 win he deserves."
Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds says, "I can never say enough about this horse. He has done so much for us. I admire him so much for his grittiness and professionalism. I am really looking forward to Saturday's race."
Regular pilot David Flores is aboard for Saturday's Race. The Gold Cup is race 8 with a post time of 4:35 PDT/7:35 EDT. Awesome Gem breaks from post 3.
We agree with Steve in saying that this 7-year-old should be the admiration of racing fans across the country. We sure admire him.
Click here to read a DRF article about Awesome Gem.