Awesome Again Stakes (G1)

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Hoist The Flag
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Santa Anita Park - Saturday, September 28, 2013

Race 10 - 5:30 PM

Awesome Again S. (Grade I)


Purse $250,000. For Three-Year-Olds And Upward. One And One Eighth Miles.



PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainer

1 Liaison (KY) R Bejarano 119 B Baffert
2 Golden Ticket (KY) J Talamo 119 K G McPeek
3 Soi Phet (CA) I Orozco 119 L Powell
4 Jeranimo (FL) C S Nakatani 124 M Pender
5 You Know I Know (KY) J R Leparoux 119 J W Sadler
6 Take Control (KY) R Napravnik 119 B Baffert
7 Paynter (KY) M Garcia 119 B Baffert
8 Chief Havoc (KY) G K Gomez 116 P Miller
9 Summer Hit (CA) E A Maldonado 119 J Hollendorfer
10 Mucho Macho Man (FL) G L Stevens 119 K Ritvo
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BaroqueAgain1
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Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:25 pm

That is a salty, eclectic group of horses in this race. I know the JCGC is getting a lot of attention back at Belmont, but this race could end up being more entertaining.
There are so many stories behind the horses: Paynter, the miracle horse; MMM and Kathy Ritvo, his miracle trainer, Take Control, the ever-promising son of Azeri; Golden Ticket, trying to regain the form that saw him tie for the Travers win last year; Chief Havoc, the Swaps-winning son of Giant's Causeway? This will be fun to watch.
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Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:18 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:That is a salty, eclectic group of horses in this race. I know the JCGC is getting a lot of attention back at Belmont, but this race could end up being more entertaining.
There are so many stories behind the horses: Paynter, the miracle horse; MMM and Kathy Ritvo, his miracle trainer, Take Control, the ever-promising son of Azeri; Golden Ticket, trying to regain the form that saw him tie for the Travers win last year; Chief Havoc, the Swaps-winning son of Giant's Causeway? This will be fun to watch.
LOVE this field!

Add to your list of interesting stories in this race ...

5 year old gelding Soi Phet ... Who has all of a sudden woken up and won 4 in a row after doing nothing special previously ... Now being thrown in with the BIG boys! I'd LOOOOVE him to shock the world and win ... Don't see it happening ... But he's a working man's horse ... That would be REALLY cool.


You also have Liaison ... Retiring at the end of the year to stud ...

And Jeranimo ... Who, although I've heard nothing of it, I'd figure would call it a career at the end of the year to stud ... He's got nothing left to prove ... Unless he could pull off a BC stunner.

Throw those 3 in with your aforementioned horses ... and we have a VERY, VERY cool race ... Can't wait! :)
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:36 am

The value in here may be Liaison, going form that DMR synth he doesn't care for back to the SA dirt on which he has run well. He will probably need one of his top efforts, but the pace might set for him, the surface switch is a plus, and the distance is within his scope (though maybe pushing it). If the main plays like it did in the spring though, then whoever gets the early lead will probably hang on for the win. MMM might be in the fabled cat bird's seat. He's almost assured a nice stalking trip outside the two speedsters.
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Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:45 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:That is a salty, eclectic group of horses in this race. I know the JCGC is getting a lot of attention back at Belmont, but this race could end up being more entertaining.
There are so many stories behind the horses: Paynter, the miracle horse; MMM and Kathy Ritvo, his miracle trainer, Take Control, the ever-promising son of Azeri; Golden Ticket, trying to regain the form that saw him tie for the Travers win last year; Chief Havoc, the Swaps-winning son of Giant's Causeway? This will be fun to watch.
The main difference between the two races is that the Jockey Club Gold Cup has horses in it who have actually run well this year.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:44 am

This is rather odd assortment of horses but as the posters above mentioned it should be fun to watch. I really don't think that any of these horses are that good and while MMM does have major talent he is so infrequently a winner it's hard to get in his corner.

I'm going for Golden Ticket because he finally looks like he's going to realize some of the promise he showed on Travers day last year.

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Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:01 pm

Take Control. He runs back to that San Diego, I think they'll have a hard time holding off that huge late run he has. He should get much more pace this time around. Would rather have seen Rafael or Martin on him, hopefully the jock change doesn't have an effect.

Or ya know he's just way over his head, and finishes last.
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:48 pm

Is this the race formerly known as the Goodwood?
The Tin Man
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Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:55 pm

arkle wrote:Is this the race formerly known as the Goodwood?
Yep.
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dustino140
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:36 am

Interesting Haskin observation - Mucho Macho Man is 6-for-6 when he has the lead at the eighth pole, 0-for-14 when he doesn't.

Does everyone remember when Paynter was the next coming of Pegasus? Has that ship sailed?
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:57 pm

Its been a slightly odd day of racing, so for no reason at all besides I feel like picking some longshots:
Liaison/Chief Havoc/Take Control
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:43 pm

Take Control. The blue-blooded horse who looked like a freak after winning his first two starts, but has so much talent. But he's always injured, and hardly ever runs.

It'd be awesome if he ran well, I don't see him coming back next year at 7, with his spotty race record.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:51 pm

dustino140 wrote:Interesting Haskin observation - Mucho Macho Man is 6-for-6 when he has the lead at the eighth pole, 0-for-14 when he doesn't.

Does everyone remember when Paynter was the next coming of Pegasus? Has that ship sailed?
I don't know if it's sailed, BUT he lost A LOT of ground going VERY wide into the stretch. He wouldn't have caught the winner, but he would have been a few lengths closer.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:53 pm

Nice day today for Macho Uno who gets 2 G1SWs.
second_glance
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:54 pm

Sooo happy for Moochie and his connections. Like everyone else, I thought putting Stevens on him was terrific move. And so it was.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:00 pm

It's Gary Stevens' world and we're just living in it. :lol:
It is going to be interesting if Will Take Charge and Mucho Macho Man hook up in the stretch of the Classic...and the two towering colts find themselves alongside another horse who can actually match strides with them.
Paynter didn't disgrace himself...he was certainly the best of the rest, and I can see the colt winning stakes in the future.
I just don't think it's going to be the BC Classic.
MMM, WTC, Game On Dude, Ron,' Palace Malice and and maybe Ft. Larned...all those horses are likely to finish in front of the colt.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 9:19 pm

second_glance wrote:Sooo happy for Moochie and his connections. Like everyone else, I thought putting Stevens on him was terrific move. And so it was.
And has he had a bang-up day today or what? Two wins, 2 seconds. I thought it was a great idea putting Stevens on board too.

,,,, and he just won the Unzip Me.
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dustino140
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:57 pm

Awesome effort by Mucho Macho Man. Interesting to see if he goes off as the BCC second choice off that effort.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:59 pm

Curlin wrote:
And has he had a bang-up day today or what? Two wins, 2 seconds. I thought it was a great idea putting Stevens on board too.

,,,, and he just won the Unzip Me.
To top it off, his son Tory ("TC") just got his first win as a trainer -- 10th at CD. Horse went off at 51-1, I believe.
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Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:05 pm

Very impressed with how well Soi Phet did.
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