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Lone Star Park: Awesome Gem to Be Back For Handicap on Million Day

May 24, 2011 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Eight-year-old Grade 1 winner Awesome Gem returns to Texas on Monday in attempt to claim the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III). He finished second in last year's running.



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let this poor horse retire already ..... he can't win at Golden Gate and you have him entered now in a grade III ? it's time and to boot, you move him all over the country i know it's nice advertising for you guys to put him out there with silks and all, but let him run in a meadow somewhere
Thank you for visiting our website. We appreciate your concern for our horse. Awesome Gem continues to show tremendous enthusiasm in his training and in his recent races. Throughout his entire career, he has been very sound and healthy. On Oaks Day, he was within 1/2 a length of some of the best older horses in the county. Rest assured, when he tells us he no longer has a competitive spirit, he will be found a good home away from the races.
He has looked good his first two runs, he is always right there at the end.
have to agree with the first person above though.. having said that, there's only 5 horses entered and he should be there ... think 2nd choice? on a side note, it's a shame what the owners did with Amazing Grace.. was running so nicely in Philly and decided to ship her out to Cal where she ran a game 3rd, if I remember correctly, in the La Brea ? then was injured or something happened and had a long layoff ..should have kept her on the east coast or close to home .. now the horse retired... sort of reminds me of shipping around horses.. Awesome Gem has been great for them .. to bad after the money so much and advertising ... that's racing I guess ...
We appreciate the time you took to visit our website and read about Awesome Gem. I did want to address your comment about Amazed By Grace. In 2009 Amazed By Grace took her Partners on the ride of a lifetime, reeling off five straight victories at Charles Town and Philly Park. She was an extremely fast and competitive filly, and she earned the right to compete in the final grade one stake of the year available to straight three-year-old fillies, the La Brea Stakes (G1) where she finished third beaten only two lengths, proving she belonged among top competition. It is our job to put our horses in the spots where they can win and perform at a top level for their Partners, but not at the expense of the well being of the horse. The horse and the Partners deserved that shot at a Grade One victory and we took it. She was honored by the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association top 3YO Filly that year. Grace did have a long layoff after that race and unfortunately did not retain her competitive edge from age three to four as is what happens with some high caliber fillies. Rest assured, she has a great home and we are excited for her to start her new chapter as a grade one stakes placed broodmare.
I know that if Awesome Gem is still running, it's because he wants to, is healthy, and not to make the owners or WPTB a profit or advertise the group. They have always taken the well being of the horses I bought first, and that's one thing I love about this group.
There is not an owner or stable anywhere that takes better care of it's horse than WPT. If you follow them at all, you would know that they are extremely conservative when it comes to a horses well being. They will not begin a horses race career until it is absolutely ready to run. The only reason Awesome Gem is entered in a race is because WPT and the partners believe he can win the race. Gem has earned quite a bit of money and when they feel he is not up to racing he will be retired to a very good life. When it comes to finding a good home for their horses, all are treated equally. WPT investigates all of the farms that request one of WPT runners. Before making such statements, please do some research. If you had done any research you would have known that WPT will end a horses career as soon as it is apparent that the horse is no longer a viable racer.
So much for the person that said Gem should be retired already...what a great race he just ran!!! Did someone show him the message?? lol Way to go Gemster!
nice win for the partners in Awesome Gem .. although a very short field, ran a great race .. congrats from the form: GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Awesome Gem still has got it at 8. He rallied for a one-length win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on Monday, then withstood a claim of foul to nail down the fourth graded stakes win of a career that began in 2006. “What a warrior,” said Craig Dollase, who trains Awesome Gem for West Point Thoroughbreds
As long as Gem is healthy, enjoys his job and remains competitive, I know West Point will take care of him. It would not be in the interests of West Point to have his injured! I have a former claimer in my backyard who ran 157 times (!!) from age 2 until 12. THAT horse should have been retired much sooner than he was.
Note to posters - thank you all for this interesting thread on our website. This is Dawn and I am a West Point employee. There have been a few comments about leaving a name with the posts and I wanted to share that it is a bug in our current comment coding system that we are working on to resolve. In some instances at this time, it is not possible to input a name. We recently upgraded our website with many features, including one to enable discussion. In the meantime, we did not want to inhibit conversation so know in the future this will be resolved. We thank you for the time you spend on our site and for your participation.
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