Trainer Chad Brown sent out undefeated Awesome Feather Sunday morning for her penultimate work prior to her start in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
The 4-year-old Awesome of Course filly was caught by NYRA clockers in 1:12.34 for six furlongs over the main track, the only work at the distance.
“I was very pleased with her work,” Brown said. “She went in 1:12 and I got her out in 1:24 and change for seven-eighths, all by herself, nice and easy. I’m very, very happy with the way she was moving. She galloped out super, and came back to the barn good.”
A perfect 10-for-10 with earnings of $1,912,746, Awesome Feather has two Grade 1 victories to her credit – the 2010 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies and the 2011 Gazelle at Aqueduct Racetrack. Tendon issues over the past two years have restricted the filly to a light racing schedule, and she exits a victory in the Nasty Storm overnight stakes on Sept. 20 at Belmont Park, her second start of 2012.
“Fingers crossed, if we can keep her happy and healthy, we’re in good shape,” Brown said of the Stronach Stables’ representative. “I’m going to come back and hopefully work her next Sunday, on the 28th, and if she checks out good on Monday morning we’ll put her on the plane and bring her to Santa Anita.”
In addition to Awesome Feather, Brown also plans to send a sextet of turf horses to Santa Anita for various Breeders’ Cup events. Sunday morning, the trainer worked turf miler Corporate Jungle a half-mile over the main track (47.45, handily) as he prepares for a start in the 6 ½-furlong Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Tomorrow, Brown has turf works planned for 2011’s Grade 1 Diana winner Zagora (Filly & Mare Turf), Watsdachances, Flashy Gal (both Juvenile Fillies Turf), Balance the Books and Noble Tune (both Juvenile Turf).
NYRA Press contributed to this report.
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