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Awesome Again

Awesome Again
Sire Deputy Minister
Dam Primal Force
Grandsire Vice Regent
Damsire Blushing Groom
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1994
Country Canada
Color Bay
Breeder Frank Stronach
Owner Stronach Stables
Trainer David Hofmans (1997)
Patrick B. Byrne (1998)
Record 12: 9-0-2
Earnings $4,374,590
Summary
Awesome Again is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Primal Force by Deputy Minister. He was born around 1994 in Canada, and was bred by Frank Stronach.
Major wins

Jim Dandy Stakes (1997)
Stephen Foster Handicap (1998)
Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (1998)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1998)
Whitney Handicap (1998)

Canadian Classic Race wins:
Queen's Plate (1997)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Classic (1998)
Honors
Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (2001)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on January 6, 2007

Awesome Again (born 1994) is an Canadian Hall of Fame Thoroughbred racehorse. Owned and bred by Frank Stronach of Newmarket, Ontario, Awesome Again was sired by Deputy Minister and out of the 2000 Broodmare of the Year Primal Force.

Racing at age three, Awesome Again competed in the United States and in Canada, where he won that country's most prestigious race, the Queen's Plate. At Saratoga Race Course, he won the Jim Dandy Stakes, then finished third in the Travers Stakes. His 1997 racing season ended after he suffered a back injury while finishing fifth in the Super Derby.

In 1998, Awesome Again went undefeated. He won all six races he entered, in the process defeating Champions Silver Charm and Skip Away. He came from far back to win over one of the best-ever fields assembled in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Success as a sire

Standing at stud at the Midway, Kentucky branch of owner Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farms, Awesome Again is fast becoming an important sire. Among his most famous sons is Ghostzapper, voted the 2004 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year in the United States and the "World's Top Ranked Horse" for 2004, as compiled by the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings. Awesome Again became the first Breeders' Cup Classic winner to sire a winner of that race when Ghostzapper won the Classic in 2004. Notable as well, on that same day, another son named Wilko won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, making Awesome Again the first Breeders' Cup winner to sire two Breeders' Cup winners on one day.

Awesome Again is also the sire of Round Pond, winner of the 2006 Breeders' Cup Distaff, plus the filly Spun Sugar, who won the 2006 Apple Blossom and Go For Wand Handicap.

In 2007, Awesome Again became the first Breeders' Cup winner to sire four Breeders' Cup winners when Adena Springs homebred Ginger Punch won the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Monmouth Park.

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