Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 2-year-old filly Awesome Feather won her fourth consecutive race to stay undefeated when taking the $100,000 Susan's Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday, Juvenile Showcase day.
Awesome Feather defeated Cristal Jak by four lengths and completed the seven furlongs in 1:24.57 over a fast track. It was 8 ¾ lengths back to Silverest in third. The heavy favorite, Awesome Feather returned $2.20 and $2.10. There was no show wagering.
Trained by Stanley Gold, Awesome Feather is now in position to become just the third filly in history to sweep the female division of the Florida Stallion Stakes. The Susan's Girl is the second of three races for 2-year-old fillies that comprise the Florida Stallion Stakes female division. There is also an open division. The third race of the filly series is the $375,000 estimated purse My Dear Girl division at 1 1/16 miles on Festival of the Sun day, Oct. 16.
Winning trainer/breeder's quotes:
Fred Brei (owner-breeder of Awesome Feather) - "She just does what she has to, like she did again today. She's a real homebred like Jackson Bend last year. We raced her sire (Awesome of Course) and dam (Precious Feather), although I didn't breed her. I bought her as a yearling. She was a stakes-winner for us (Graded stakes-placed, too) and now she's making it as a broodmare. We'll just train (Awesome Feather) up to the big race ($375,000 My Dear Girl finale on Oct. 16), and then hopefully, on to the Breeders' Cup ($2 million Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5)."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Jeffrey Sanchez - "This filly impresses me more and more each time I ride her. Today she did it all on her own, I was just along for the ride. That's the great thing about her, she's so easy to ride. I let her move up close to the filly on the lead (Cristal Jak) just to keep my filly in position, and then she just did the rest herself."
Calder celebrates its long-standing reputation for top-notch 2-year-old racing with a day dedicated entirely to it: the Juvenile Showcase. Horses that raced at Calder as juveniles and later went on to become national champions include: Brave Raj, Cherokee Run, Hollywood Wildcat, Holy Bull, Jewel Princess, Not Surprising, Princess Rooney, Smile, Spend A Buck, and Unbridled.
About Susan's Girl:
A three-time national champion, Susan's Girl was the leading 3-year-old filly in 1972 and the champion older filly/mare of 1973 and 1975. A Florida-bred millionaire, Susan's Girl won the Santa Maria, Santa Margarita, Santa Barbara, Apple Blossom, and Long Beach handicaps, as well as the Matchmaker and Spinster Stakes. Much like her owner and breeder, Fred W. Hooper, Susan's Girl will always be remembered as a true champion.