Jacks or Better Farm's undefeated homebred 2-year-old filly Awesome Feather won the $350,000-estimated My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course's Festival of the Sun on Saturday, thus completing a sweep of the series for juvenile fillies. The feat has only been accomplished by a filly twice in the 29-year history of the program: by Nancy's Glitter in 1997 and Aclassysassylassy in 2004.
The Awesome Feather team of Fred and Jane Brei (Jacks or Better Farm), trainer Stan Gold, and jockey Jeffrey Sanchez accomplished a sweep of the colt division of the Florida Stallion Stakes last year with Jackson Bend. Back-to-back sweeps of the series by the same connections have never been achieved before.
Awesome Feather dominated her competition today, finishing 8 ¼ lengths ahead of Lily's Hope and completing the 1 1/16 miles distance in 1:48.05. It was another five lengths back to Beso Grande in third place.
Undefeated after four races, Awesome Feather has now earned $406,725. The heavy betting favorite in the My Dear Girl, she Feather returned $2.80, $2.60, and $2.10 at the mutuel windows.
Winning trainer's quotes:
Stanley Gold - "Breeders' Cup! That's what we discussed going into the race. If she won and did it right, we'd go to the Breeders' Cup ($2 million Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Fri., Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs). I knew she was good, but I don't think I was prepared for the performance she gave today. You always wonder if they are as good as you hope they are. In her case, I think I underestimated her. She'll tell us between now and then if she's good to go, but that's the plan."
Winning jockey's quotes:
Jeffrey Sanchez - "After her last win going seven furlongs in the Susan's Girl, I was confident that the longer distance today was going to be her best race. She got a little rank in the first turn, but that's not uncommon for two-year-olds running route races for the first time. She settled down when we hit the backstretch and just blew them away when I asked her to run."