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Awesome Gem /

Career Highlights

  • Race record: 52 starts 11-15-7
  • Earnings: $2,881,370
  • Wins: 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup (G1), 2007 San Fernando (G2), 2009 Hawthorne Gold Cup, 2011 Lone Star Handicap (G3), 2011 Longacres Mile Handicap (G3), 2012 Berkeley Handicap (G3) 
  • Second: 2011 Goodwood (G1), 2009 Eddie Reed (G1), 2007 Goodwood (G1), 2007 Pacific Classic (G1), 2011 Cornhusker Handicap (G3), 2010 Lone Star Park Handicap (G3), 2010 Charles Town Classic
  • Third: 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), 2010 New Orleans Handicap (G2)

A late bloomer like many of Awesome Again’s progeny, Awesome Gem didn’t debut until his 3-year-old season. However, he became one of the most endearing horses in the country in his six-year career.

In 2010, he captured his first Grade One win in the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) before embarking upon an ultra-successful 8-year-old campaign in 2011. The gutsy veteran won both the Lone Star Park Handicap and Longacres Mile and was second in the Grade One Goodwood and Cornhusker Handicap.

In 2012 he came off the bench to win an allowance race at Golden Gate before capturing the Berkeley Handicap (G3) via disqualification. Awesome Gem was retired September 21 at age nine with earnings of $2,881,370. He competed at 13 different tracks and was a four-time Breeders’ Cup participant. His best finish came in the 2007 Classic when he was third behind Curlin.

Awesome Gem is now living out his days at Old Friends in Kentucky.

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