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Maryland Filly Helps Hit Churchill Record
Maryland-bred filly Awesome Flower did her part this past weekend to contribute to establishing a record win mark for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey to cap off the Spring 2013 race meet at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. By taking the feature $54,000 Allowance optional-claiming race on Sunday’s closing day, the four-year-old Awesome Flower provided the Ramseys with win number 32 for the meet. It is also the Ramsey’s nineteenth owners’ title at Churchill, extending yet another track record.
Awesome Flower wins with ease
Sent off as the 4-1 third choice in the eight-horse field under jockey Rosie Napravnik, Awesome Flower stalked the pace of leader Greek Bird to the three-quarter pole. When asked by Napravnik she surged to the lead and opened up by more than four lengths, finishing 2 ½ in front under a hand ride. It was her third win of the year so far, and first at Churchill, after breaking her maiden in January 2012 at Laurel Park. She now has four wins in 14 starts and more than $116,000 in purse earnings.
Half-brother of Kentucky Derby champion
Awesome Flower’s sire was the multiple graded-stakes winning Flower Alley. In 2005 he captured the Lane’s End, Jim Dandy and Travers Stakes before going on to finish a strong second in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Classic to Saint Liam. In 2006 he would come back to capture the Salvatore Stakes at Monmouth before finishing his career with a second attempt at the BC Classic, where he finished a disappointing ninth. He’s also the sire of 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another.
The Preakness Stakes is coming up on Saturday, May 15, 2021. The second jewel of the American Triple Crown drew a field of 10 top three-year-olds. Find out the top contenders in the race, and learn the best places to place your bets!
After all the drama of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the racing scene shifts to Pimlico Race Course in anticipation of the running of the 2019 Preakness Stakes. A couple of the high-profile contenders from the Derby are expected in the field, as well as a number of new shooters that add to the handicapping puzzle and could provide good betting value.
The field has been established for the 2016 running of the Belmont Stakes and of the thirteen contenders, there are four horses who competed in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and are moving on to the third jewel of the Triple Crown.