Awesome Again Stakes

The Awesome Again Stakes is a Grade I American Thoroughbred horse race for horses aged three years old or older over the distance of one and one-eighth miles on the dirt scheduled annually in September at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The event currently carries a purse of $300,000.

Awesome Again Stakes
Grade I race
LocationSanta Anita Park
Arcadia, California, United States
Inaugurated1982 (as Goodwood Handicap)
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
WebsiteSanta Anita
Race information
Distance1 18 miles
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds and older
WeightBase weights with allowances:
4-year-olds and up: 126 lbs.
3-year-olds: 122 lbs.
Purse$300,000 (since 2014)
BonusesBreeders' Cup "Win and You're In" - Breeders' Cup Classic

HistoryEdit

The event was inaugurated on 9 October 1982 as the Goodwood Handicap at the Oak Tree Racing Association meeting at Santa Anita Park as the eighth race on the racecard over a distance of ​1 116 miles and was won by the and US Hall of Fame, Lázaro "Laz" Barrera trained Cajun Prince who tied the track record for the distance that was set by Ancient Title in 1978.[1] The race was named for Oak Tree Racing Association's sister operation at Goodwood Racecourse near Chichester, England.[1]

The event was run at the ​1 116 miles distance in 1983, 1984 and again in 1986.[2]

In 1985 the event was classified by the American Graded Stakes Committee as Grade III and was upgraded to Grade II status in 1990.[3]

Between 1996 and 2006, the Breeders' Cup sponsored the event which reflected in the name of the event.[2]

In 2012 the event was upgraded to Grade I and was renamed in honor of the Canadian bred 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Awesome Again.[2][4] Also Awesome Again is the sire of the dual winner of this event, Game On Dude.

RecordsEdit

Time record:

  • 1 18 miles: 1:46.72 - Bertrando (1994)
  • 1 116 miles: 1:40.20 - Cajun Prince (1982)

Margins:

  • 5 14 lengths - Smooth Roller (2015)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Peter Perkins (1984, 1985)
  • 2 - Diamond A Racing (2002, 2003)
  • 2 - Family Trust Diamond Pride, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable & Bernie Schiappa (2011, 2012)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
At Santa Anita Park – Awesome Again Stakes
2020 Improbable 4 Drayden Van Dyke Bob Baffert WinStar Farm, China Horse Club & SF Racing 1 18 miles 1:49.01 $300,000 I [5]
2019 Mongolian Groom 4 Abel Cedillo Enebish Ganbat Mongolian Stable 1 18 miles 1:49.27 $300,351 I [6]
2018 Accelerate 5 Joel Rosario John W. Sadler Hronis Racing 1 18 miles 1:50.38 $300,690 I [7]
2017 Mubtaahij (IRE) 5 Drayden Van Dyke Bob Baffert Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum 1 18 miles 1:51.32 $300,000 I [8]
2016 California Chrome 5 Victor Espinoza Art Sherman California Chrome LLC 1 18 miles 1:48.07 $300,000 I [9]
2015 Smooth Roller 4 Tyler Baze Victor L. Garcia Lucky Charm Stable 1 18 miles 1:48.08 $300,750 I [10]
2014 Shared Belief 3 Mike E. Smith Jerry Hollendorfer Jungle Racing, KMN Racing, Jerry Hollendorfer, Litt, Solis II & Todaro 1 18 miles 1:48.58 $300,500 I [11]
2013 Mucho Macho Man 5 Gary L. Stevens Katherine Ritvo Reeves Thoroughbred Racing 1 18 miles 1:48.30 $251,250 I [12]
2012 Game On Dude 5 Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Family Trust Diamond Pride, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable & Bernie Schiappa 1 18 miles 1:48.98 $250,000 I [13]
Goodwood Stakes
2011 Game On Dude 4 Chantal Sutherland Bob Baffert Family Trust Diamond Pride, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable & Bernie Schiappa 1 18 miles 1:47.36 $250,000 I [14]
At Hollywood Park – Goodwood Stakes
2010 Richard's Kid 5 Alonso Quinonez Bob Baffert Zabeel Racing International 1 18 miles 1:49.18 $250,000 I [15]
At Santa Anita Park – Goodwood Stakes
2009 Gitano Hernando (GB) 3 Kieren Fallon Marco Botti Team Valor & Gary Barber 1 18 miles 1:48.39 $305,000 I [16]
2008 Well Armed 5 Aaron Gryder Eoin G. Harty WinStar Farm 1 18 miles 1:47.11 $498,000 I [17]
2007 Tiago 3 Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs Jerry & Ann Moss 1 18 miles 1:46.93 $520,000 I [18]
At Santa Anita Park – Goodwood Handicap
2006 Lava Man 5 Corey Nakatani Doug F. O'Neill STD Racing Stable & Jason Wood 1 18 miles 1:48.15 $500,000 II [19]
2005 Rock Hard Ten 4 Gary L. Stevens Richard E. Mandella Mercedes Stables & Madeleine A. Pickens 1 18 miles 1:48.68 $484,000 II [20]
2004 Lundy's Liability (BRZ) 4 David R. Flores Robert J. Frankel TNT Stud & Mary Slack 1 18 miles 1:48.39 $480,000 II [21]
2003 Pleasantly Perfect 5 Alex O. Solis Richard E. Mandella Diamond A Racing 1 18 miles 1:48.37 $482,000 II [22]
2002 Pleasantly Perfect 4 Alex O. Solis Richard E. Mandella Diamond A Racing 1 18 miles 1:46.80 $500,000 II [23]
2001 Freedom Crest 5 Kent J. Desormeaux Richard Baltas Calvin Nguyen & Joey Tran 1 18 miles 1:48.86 $488,000 II [24]
2000 Tiznow 3 Chris McCarron Jay M. Robbins Michael Cooper & Cecilia Straub-Rubens 1 18 miles 1:47.38 $418,000 II [25]
1999 Budroyale 6 Garrett K. Gomez Ted H. West Jeffrey Sengara 1 18 miles 1:48.31 $498,000 II [26]
1998 Silver Charm 4 Gary L. Stevens Bob Baffert Bob & Beverly Lewis 1 18 miles 1:47.21 $446,000 II [27]
1997 Benchmark 6 Eddie Delahoussaye Ronald W. Ellis Pam & Martin J. Wygod 1 18 miles 1:47.60 $248,700 II [28]
1996 † Savinio 6 Corey Nakatani Walter R. Greenman Walter R. Greenman, Gary A. Biszantz & Gary S. Vandeweghe 1 18 miles 1:47.88 $303,300 II [29]
1995 Soul of the Matter 4 Kent J. Desormeaux Richard E. Mandella Burt Bacharach 1 18 miles 1:47.54 $256,950 II [30]
1994 Bertrando 5 Gary L. Stevens John Shirreffs Ed Nahem & 505 Farms 1 18 miles 1:46.72 $214,400 II [31]
1993 Lottery Winner 4 Kent J. Desormeaux Jay M. Robbins Ernest Auerbach 1 18 miles 1:47.71 $217,200 II [32]
1992 Reign Road 4 Kent J. Desormeaux Jay M. Robbins Jack Kent Cooke 1 18 miles 1:48.36 $215,200 II [33]
1991 The Prime Minister 4 Chris McCarron Charles E. Whittingham Bradley, Chandler & Seitz 1 18 miles 1:47.99 $264,800 II [34]
1990 Lively One 5 Alex O. Solis Charles E. Whittingham John G. Sikura (Lessee) 1 18 miles 1:48.00 $216,800 II [35]
1989 § Present Value (CAN) 5 Eddie Delahoussaye Jerry M. Fanning Jerry Fanning, Richard Fontana, Jay Bligh, Gary Potter 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $218,800 III [36]
1988 Cutlass Reality 6 Gary L. Stevens Craig Anthony Lewis Howard Crash & James Hankoff 1 18 miles 1:47.20 $220,400 III [37]
1987 Ferdinand 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Mrs. Howard B. Keck 1 18 miles 1:50.80 $156,500 III [38]
1986 Super Diamond 6 Laffit Pincay Jr. Edwin J. Gregson Roland & Ramona Sahm 1 116 miles 1:41.20 $115,500 III [39]
1985 Lord At War (ARG) 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Peter Perkins (Lessee) 1 18 miles 1:50.40 $114,500 III [40]
1984 Lord At War (ARG) 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles E. Whittingham Peter Perkins (Lessee) 1 116 miles 1:42.00 $105,150 [41]
1983 Pettrax 5 Kenneth D. Black Wayne Charlton Brent W. Charlton 1 116 miles 1:42.60 $80,400 [42]
1982 Cajun Prince 5 Walter Guerra Laz Barrera Aaron U. Jones 1 116 miles 1:40.20 $80,350 III [1]

Legend:
  All Weather Track   Dirt
Notes: § Ran as an entry
† In the 1996 running Alphabet Soup won the race but was disqualified and placed third. Savinio was declared the winner.

See alsoEdit

List of American and Canadian Graded races

External siteEdit

ReferencesEdit

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