09/25/2012 3:49PM

Awesome Feather, My Miss Aurelia

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Two undefeated champions are slated to face each other, as well as a slew of other top fillies and mares, in this year's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita. 

*AWESOME FEATHER made it ten in a row with her authoritative score in the $83,000 Nasty Storm Stakes contested around a one-turn mile at Belmont on September 20.  Awesome Feather, the champion juvenile filly of 2010 when trained by Stanley Gold for breeder Jacks or Better Farm, was sold for $2,300,000 to Frank Stronach at the end of that season and has battled tendon problems and various other nagging ailments ever since. 

For Stronach and trainer Chad Brown, Awesome Feather has only raced four times over the past two years but she remains perfect.  On November 26, 2011, Awesome Feather took down the Grade 1 Gazelle Stakes at the Ladies' Classic distance of nine furlongs.  On January 28, 2012, Awesome Feather began her season with a facile victory in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff, also at nine furlongs. 

"Coming into this race," Brown mentioned to NYRA Publicity after the Nasty Storm, "we felt at the barn that she was carrying more weight and her coat was better than we’ve ever seen it. Her other three wins, she was nice and sound, but we never had her looking weight-wise and coat-wise the way we wanted. This race, coming in, was the best she ever looked to me."

If Brown can keep Awesome Feather healthy, she looms a strong presence in the Ladies' Classic along with MY MISS AURELIA, the undefeated champion juvenile filly of 2011.  Trained by Steve Asmussen, My Miss Aurelia skipped the first half of this season while recovering from shin issues but has returned to remain flawless after six starts. 

Last weekend, in the Grade 1 Cotillion Handicap at Parx, My Miss Aurelia wore down multiple Grade 1 winner QUESTING during a thrilling stretch drive.  Considering the Cotillion was only My Miss Aurelia's second race of the year and that she was stretching out off one sprint prep, she deserves a ton of credit for running down the loose-on-the-lead Questing.  Nine furlongs may be pushing it for My Miss Aurelia at Santa Anita and it must be noted that she received seven pounds from Questing at Parx, but there's no denying her class and heart. As for Questing, she also looks like a "go" for the Ladies' Classic.  Although she set glacial fractions that usually benefit pacesetters, Questing may have been better-served by a more aggressive ride.  Perhaps if she put some separation between herself and My Miss Aurelia by setting a stronger pace, the Stonestreet filly may not have nipped her on the wire.

Add in defending Ladies' Classic winner ROYAL DELTA, IT'S TRICKY, INCLUDE ME OUT and AMANI and the feature race on the Friday Breeders' Cup card looks like an awesome event.

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Here are the top 25 WINNING Beyer Speed Figures from (9/17/12 - 9/23/12):

1. AWESOME FEATHER - 108 - Nasty Storm Stakes - 1 Mile - Belmont
2. WELL SPELLED - 105 - Gallant Bob Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Parx
3. ANGELICA ZAPATA - 103 - Stage Door Betty Handicap - 1 1/16 Miles - Calder
4. GUAM TYPHOON - 101 - Changing Times Stakes - 6 Furlongs - Penn National
5. DUST AND DIAMONDS - 100 - Gallant Bloom Handicap (G2) - 6 1/2 Furlongs - Belmont
6. SAGINAW - 98 - Promenade All Stakes - 1 Mile - Belmont
7. ASSOCIATE - 97 - OC 50k/N2X -N - 1 Mile - Belmont
8. GALLANT FIELDS - 96 - OC 75k/N3X - 1 Mile - Belmont
8. HELLO LOVER - 96 - OC 25k/N2X -N - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Parx
8. MY MISS AURELIA - 96 - Cotillion Stakes (G1) - 1 1/16 Miles - Parx
8. NAGYS PIGGY BANK - 96 - Pete Condellone Memorial Stakes - 1 Mile 70 Yards - Fairmount
12. DANCE CARD - 95 - Belle Cherie Stakes - 1 1/16 Miles - Belmont
12. PIANIST - 95 - Given Stakes - 1 Mile (Turf) - Belmont
14. BRINGINGDOWN BABEL - 94 - Alw 6250s - 6 Furlongs - Calder
14. JAMES STREET - 94 - Alw 77433NC - 1 1/16 Miles (Polytrack) - Woodbine
14. RESOUNDINGLY - 94 - Clm c-25000N3L - 5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf) - Arlington
17. HANDSOME MIKE - 93 - Pennsylvania Derby (G2) - 1 1/8 Miles - Parx
17. THIRD CHANCE - 93 - Addison Cammack Stakes - 6 Furlongs (Polytrack) - Arlington
17. ULLAPOOL - 93 - Alw 70000N1X - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
20. BIG BUSINESS - 92 - Clm 35000B - 6 Furlongs - Belmont
20. OPTIMIZER - 92 - Kent Stakes (G3) - 1 1/8 Miles (Turf) - Delaware
20. WORTH REPEATING - 92 - Ralph M. Hinds Handicap - 1 1/8 Miles - Fairplex
23. BOOK REVIEW - 91 - Charles Town Oaks - 7 Furlongs - Charles Town
23. CRUSHING - 91 - Alw 96500N1X - 1 Mile - Parx
23. TAPANNA - 91 - OC c-20k/N1X - 1 Mile (Polytrack) - Turfway

*AWESOME FEATHER's lifetime past performances are available at the bottom of this blog post.

*RESOUNDINGLY was claimed for $25,000 by trainer Tammy Domenosky from trainer John Good.

*TAPANNA was claimed for $20,000 by trainer Joe Woodard from trainer Michael Maker.

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Please check out the latest video production from Jessica Pacheco, Racing Analyst at Arlington Park.  It's Part 17 and 18 of the "Behind the Silks" video series following jockey Tim Thornton through his ups and downs at this year's Arlington meet.

"Anatomy of a Race"
In episode 17, Tim breaks down a winning race, taking you through his decision-making process. He evaluates the turf, assesses the competition and finally takes you step-by-step through the race itself. Follow along as Tim explains in detail why he made the decisions and moves he made and how it all came together to land Tim and Wicklow into the Winner's Circle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RV5WpkyVso&feature=plcp


"A Good Week"
Episode 18 is all about the turf and it served Tim well. Join the ride as Tim squeezes thru some tight spots and glides through the grass right to the Winner's Circle...three times. Then, Tim takes on the G3 Pucker Up Stakes on Treasured Up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkoO-lX3zTc&feature=plcp

All episodes, 1-18, can be found here:

http://www.arlingtonpark.com/newsvideosblogs/behind-silks

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Dan Deputed Testimony lived to be 32 years old. That's awesome! Will you please post some other good horses who lived to be old? Maybe even some of their past performances? Thanks.
Brandon Layer

At the bottom of this blog post, you can access the lifetime past performances for some of the older residents at the Old Friends retirement facilities. 

*Clever Allemont (multiple stakes-winner, 30-years-old)
*Creator (multiple Group 1 winner, 26-years-old)
*Crusader Sword (Grade 1 winner, 27-years-old)
*Gulch (Champion Sprinter, 28-years-old)
*Marquetry (multiple Grade 1 winner, 25-years-old)
*Ogygian (multiple Grade 1 winner, 29-years-old)
*Prized (multiple Grade 1 winner, 26-years-old)
*Sunshine Forever (Champion Turf Horse, 27-years-old)

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Can you post the PPs for Heatherten, Pearl Necklace, Love Sign, Tizna, and Windys Daughter?
Erin Dickerson

Windys Daughter is a bit old for our system.  The others are available at the bottom of the blog post.

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Congrats to Jayzz82 for finishing first in last week's HandiGambling exercise.

Penn National Rick's scoresheet is available at the bottom of this blog post.

REMEMBER, IF YOU ARE DECLARED THE WINNER OF THE HANDIGAMBLING EXERCISE, PLEASE CONTACT FORMBLOG@DRF.COM WITH YOUR DRF LOGIN AND PASSWORD IN ORDER TO ACCESS YOUR PRIZE PACKAGE.

Let's go with Friday's Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita for this week's HandiGambling exercise.

PAST PERFORMANCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG POST.

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