11/23/2011 4:35PM

Aqueduct: Awesome Feather tops Gazelle

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Awesome Feather makes the second start of her comeback in the Gazelle.

OZONE PARK, N.Y.  - Awesome Feather, the undefeated 2-year-old filly champion of 2010, steps back into graded stakes competition Saturday when she heads a field of 10 entered in the Grade 1, $250,000 Gazelle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Carded as the ninth of 10 races on Saturday’s card, the Gazelle is the last Grade 1 race of the year to be run on this circuit.

Awesome Feather will break from post 7 in the 10-horse field set to contest 1 1/8 miles over Aqueduct’s main track. At 2, Awesome Feather won both of her starts around two turns, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. A tendon injury delayed Awesome Feather’s return to the races until October, when she won a seven-furlong overnight stakes at Belmont by two lengths. Jeffrey Sanchez rides Awesome Feather from post 7.

The Gazelle will test the distance capabilities of virtually all 10 fillies entered as only one – Love and Pride – has won at the distance.

Other contenders in the field include Savvy Supreme and Miss Valentine, the one-two finishers in the Monmouth Oaks, and R Gypsy Gold and Draw It, the one-two finishers in the Real Prize Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 27.


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