Awesome Feather, Unbeaten 2-yr Old Filly – the Next Zenyatta?

Posted on November 5, 2010

The winner of the Gray Goose Juvenile Fillies Breeders Cup race this evening (November 5) featured another filly worth a watch:  Awesome Feather.  She came into this undefeated in 5 races and she was ridden to the winner’s circle by first time Breeder’s Cup jockey (but Feather’s regular rider), Jeffrey Sanchez.

If Awesome Feather, the biggest star at Calder this year, is sold, Friday’s Breeders’ Cup race might be its last for owner Fred Brei and trainer Stanley Gold. 

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Before you get teary-eyed that the owner and trainer of this fine filly will sell her, there is a hint that a win could change the odds:

It will be Awesome Feather’s first race away from Calder Casino & Race Course, where it has won five starts for Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm of Ocala and for Gold.

It also could be a farewell because Brei has listed Awesome Feather for sale in Monday’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Lexington, Ky.

On Wednesday, Brei would not speculate on a possible price. But he said Awesome Feather’s potentially bright racing future, not a quick profit, is the main reason he is preparing to sell her.

“If she runs as well as we expect on Friday, the place for her next year will be graded stakes for 3-year-olds fillies,” Brei said.

“There aren’t many of those races in Florida, where I like to run my horses,” he said. “A buyer would probably be someone who runs horses where they have those races.”

But Brei said he might withdraw Awesome Feather from the sale, and will make a decision over the weekend.

“She has been galloping beautifully here and acting like she never left Calder,” Gold said Wednesday from Louisville.

Four of Awesome Feather’s Calder wins were in stakes, including a sweep of the three-race Florida Stallion Stakes series.

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