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Awesome Gem Retired From Racing

September 21, 2012 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Awesome Gem, Grade I winner and earner of over $2.8 million, has been retired from racing. The 9-year-old son of Awesome Again was scheduled to run in Sunday’s Ralph M. Hinds Pomona Handicap at Fairplex.

“Craig (Dollase) called me this morning and said Awesome Gem had some filling in a front leg,”said WPT president Terry Finley. “The decision to retire was easy. He deserves it.”

“He’s been a horse of a lifetime for his Partners, West Point Thoroughbreds, and team Dollase. After a seven-year career, he owes us nothing. This horse took us across the globe, to four Breeders’ Cups, and won or placed in 22 graded stakes. We’ll find him a very good home to live out his days. I sincerely appreciate the support of his Partners over the years.”

“Awesome Gem is truly a Gem,” said trainer Craig Dollase. “Today marks the end of a wonderful career. He’s been amazingly sound the past seven years, and I’m very proud of his long list of accomplishments. My team sure will miss him around the barn, but we know he’ll go to a great home.”

Amongst Awesome Gem’s accomplishments are wins in the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1), Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2), San Fernando Stakes(G2), Longacres Mile (G3), Lone Star Park Handicap (G3), and Berkeley Handicap (G3).

He placed in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), Goodwood Stakes (G1), Cornhusker Handicap (G3), Charles Town Classic, New Orleans Handicap (G2), Eddie Read Stakes(G1), All American Stakes (G3), San Antonio Handicap (G2), Pacific Classic (G1), and Sir Beaufort Stakes (G3).

He has an overall record of 11-15-7 from 52 starts and earnings of $2,881,370.