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Awesome Gem defeats Rail Trip to win the Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park, Inglewood Calif. July 10, 2010

Awesome Gem wins the Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park last year

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Awesome one-two in Lone Star Park Handicap

KENTUCKY stallion Awesome Again fielded the first two home in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap on Monday.

Veteran Awesome Gem gained his first success since last year's Hollywood Gold Cup with a one-length victory over paternal half-brother Game On Dude in the 1m½f contest.

Eight-year-old gelding Awesome Gem, trained by Craig Dollase for West Point Thoroughbreds, has now won eight of his 43 starts and $2,508,270 in prize-money.

He was bred by Runnymede Farm, Catesby Clay and Peter Callahan out of the unraced Pentelicus mare Piano, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner J J'sdream.

Crupi's New Castle Farm bought him for $150,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale and bloodstock agent Buzz Chace snapped him up the following spring for the same amount at the Barretts March two-year-olds in training sale.

The Bob Baffert-trained four-year-old Game On Dude, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap in March, was bred by Adena Springs out of the Devil His Due mare Worldly Pleasure.

Breeders' Cup Classic winner Awesome Again - a Deputy Minister half-brother to Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Macho Uno - stands at his owner-breeder Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation at a fee of $50,000. His best progeny includes Ghostzapper, Ginger Punch and Wilko.

 

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