MIAMI -- Awesome Feather left little doubt as to her superiority in the local 2-year-old filly division and in the process earned herself a chance for national recognition on Breeders' Cup day after completing a sweep of the filly division of the Florida Stallion Series with a convincing 8 1/4-length victory over eight overmatched rivals in Saturday's $350,000 My Dear Girl Stakes at Calder.
Awesome Feather, a homebred daughter of Awesome of Course owned by Jacks or Better Farm, won for the fifth time in as many career starts while becoming just the third horse in 28 years to sweep all three legs of the filly division of the series. The victory also gave trainer Stanley Gold, jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, and owner Fred Brie back-toback Stallion Series sweeps. The trio turned the trick a year ago in the open division with Jackson Bend.
Awesome Feather broke alertly to stalk the early pace set by My Precious Baby. She moved readily to command approaching the stretch and after quickly pulling clear was never threatened while steadily extending her advantage to the wire.
Lily's Hope rallied four wide into the stretch and outfinished a troubled Beso Grande by four lengths to be second while no match for the winner.
Awesome Feather completed the mile and one-sixteenth in 1:48.05 and returned $2.80.
"Breeders' Cup!," trainer Stanley Gold exclaimed in the winner's circle after the race. "That's what we discussed going into the race. If she won and did it right, we'd go to the Breeders' Cup. I knew she was good but I don't think I was prepared for the performance she gave today. In this case I think I underestimated her."