Saturday, November 24
Awesome Gem, who earned the biggest win of his illustrious career in the 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup, will be paraded between races.
Retired September 21 at age 9, Awesome Gem, who called Betfair Hollywood Park home for more than six years, will appear between the fourth and fifth races on the second day of the Turf Festival.
In celebration of a career that saw the son of Awesome Again and the Pentelicus mare Piano win 11 of 52 races and earn $2,881,370, there will be drawings for Awesome Gem memorabilia, including a halter, saddle cloth and West Point silks autographed by jockey David Flores, who rode the Kentucky bred in half of his starts, including the 8-1 upset of Rail Trip in the Grade I Gold Cup.
Additionally, Flores and trainer Craig Dollase will autograph Awesome Gem posters between 11 a.m.-12 Noon near the paddock.
Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Awesome Gem, who competed at 13 different tracks during a career that began in the summer of 2006, retired as the leading money earner among active horses in North America.
One of four 7-year-olds to win the Gold Cup, Awesome Gem was also a graded stakes winner during his final two years of competition. He captured the Lone Star Park Handicap and Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs – both Grade III events – in 2011.
Earlier this year, the chestnut won – via disqualification – the Grade III Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.
A four time Breeders’ Cup participant, Awesome Gem earned his best finish in the 2007 Classic, finishing third behind Curlin and Hard Spun over a sloppy surface at Monmouth Park.
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