09/30/2011 3:18PM

Belmont Park: Undefeated champion Awesome Feather to begin comeback Wednesday

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Barbara D. Livingston
Awesome Feather has not raced since winning last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Awesome Feather, last year’s 2-year-old filly champion, will make her long-awaited 3-year-old debut next Wednesday at Belmont Park in the $60,000 Le Slew Stakes at seven furlongs.

It will be Awesome Feather’s first start since she won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last November at Churchill Downs, capping off a perfect 6-for-6 campaign. She was owned by Fred Brei and trained by Stanley Gold then, but was purchased at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale for $2.3 million by Frank Stronach two days after the Breeders’ Cup. She was turned over to trainer Chad Brown.

 Awesome Feather suffered a bowed tendon but was given the necessary time to recover and will try to make it back to her championship form.

“She couldn’t be owned by more patient owners,” Brown said. “They always indicated all along to let the filly tell us when she’s ready. That approach helped us get to this point.”

Brown said he likes the distance of the Le Slew and the fact it’s at Belmont Park where Awesome Feather has trained since the spring.

“This particular race works well for us because she has been training at Belmont and it’s a good comeback distance for her,” Brown said. “She’s a special horse, the more time I spend around here I realize how much natural talent there is.”

Awesome Feather will face four horses, led by the New York-bred stakes winner Sentimental Lass. Wild Bout Tiffany, Flying Train, and Indian Lilly are also entered.