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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 3 2010 Wood Memorial Aqueduct I 1 1/8 Mile 3 N/A
Mar 6 2010 Gotham Stakes Aqueduct 1 1/16 Mile 1 N/A
Nov 7 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Santa Anita Park One Mile 4 REPLAY

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Jeremy Noseda

Trainer

Born September 17, 1963 in London, England. Feel in love with horse racing as a young boy and began riding horses at 13. On school holidays would work for trainers Brian Swift and Jeremy Tree. Gave up a chance to attend famed Cambridge University in order to further his racing career. Worked for trainer John Dunlop in the 1980s and later John Godsend for five years, three years spent in California. In 1993 Noseda went to work for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation. Worked alongside Saeed bin Suroor, the top trainer for Godolphin. In 1996 went to California and opened his own stable at Hollywood Park. After a slow start, decided to head back home to England, where he purchased Shalfeet Stables, a training farm in Newmarket, England. In 2004 scored his first Breeders’ Cup win with Wilko in the Juvenile. Top runners to date include: Araafa, Just James, Mellow Park, Proclamation, Soliders Tale, and Wannabe Grand.

Julien Leparoux

Jockey

Leparoux is a two time Eclipse champion jockey and only the fourth to win the honor for top apprentice (2006) as well as journeyman rider (2009). He won the Shoemaker award in 2009 in recognition of his three Breeder's Cup wins that year. He is a five time Breeder's Cup winner.He grew up around racing in Chantilly, France and knew at a young age he wanted to be a jockey. Father Robert was a jockey and assistant trainer. Julien came to North American in 2003 and began working for trainer and fellow Frenchman Patrick Biancone galloping horses. Leparoux began riding in 2005 at Saratoga, but his breakout season came in 2006. He won riding titles as an apprentice at Turfway Park, Churchill Downs, and Keeneland. In 2008 he tied Pat Day's record of seven wins on a single card at Churchill Down's fall meet.Top mounts have included: Informed Decision, Forever Together, Gorella, Dialed In, Warrior’s Reward, She Be Wild, Pure Clan, and Wise Dan and Turallure. Julien Leparoux was born on July 15, 1983 and resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

Vinery Stables and Susan Roy

Owner

Vinery is owned by Tom Simon and Tom Ludt is the general manager of the Lexington, Kentucky farm.Simon is a retired corporate attorney. Resides in Mallorea, Spain and on the farm in Lexington.Vinery Stables campaigns horses in Australia, England, and North America.Roy resides in Ascot, Berkshire, England.Roy’s husband Paul in 2006 was named the inaugural chairman of the British Horseracing Authority.The Roy’s entered horse racing in 1997.The Roy’s owned Sarava, who pulled a major upset in the 2002 Belmont Stakes foiling War Emblem’s Triple Crown bid.Vinery Stables co-owned Fresian Fire winner of the 2009 Lecomte, Risen, and Louisiana Derby. Finished 18th in the Kentucky Derby and 10th in Preakness Stakes.

Flaxman Holdings Ltd.

Breeder

Racing Empire built by Stavros Niarchos. He passed away in April 15, 1996 and his daughter Maria Niarchos-Gouaze took over the famiy’s racing business.Niarchos got involved with horse racing in the 1950s and made a quick impression as an owner by campaigning champion English juvenile Pipe of Peach.Niarchos earned top owner honors in France for 1983 and 1984. He then took home the top breeder award in 1989, 1993, and 1994.One of his top runners was Miesque, winner of ten group or grade one races, including two wins in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 1987 and 1988.When his health began declining Maria took over the business with the help of Alan Cooper, the family’s racing manager.Since his death the family has had continued success. In 1997 they won the Breeders’ Cup Mile with Spinning World.Awesome Act was purchased at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling auction for $240,000 by Jane Allison.

Pedigree

  • By multiple Grade 1 winner Awesome Again, an earner of more than $4.3 million
  • Awesome Again's major victories include the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) and the 1997 Queen's Plate S., both at 1 1/4 miles
  • Highly successful stallion has sired Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, hero of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic; champion older mare Ginger Punch, winner of the 2007 Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1); Wilko, upsetter of the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1); Round Pond, victress of the 2006 Breeders' Cup Distaff; multiple Grade 1 scorers Toccet and Spun Sugar; and accomplished one-turn specialists Daaher and Dubai Escapade
  • Awesome Act's dam, Houdini's Honey, won at about 1 1/4 miles on the turf at Windsor in England, but had the speed to romp in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance on the dirt at Belmont Park
  • Houdini's Honey is by the all-time great sire Mr. Prospector, who is responsible for such outstanding performers as 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus; champion Forty Niner, who narrowly missed in the 1988 Derby; 1985 Preakness S. (G1) scorer Tank's Prospect; 1982 Horse of the Year and Belmont S. (G1) romper Conquistador Cielo; along with his dynasty-making sons Fappiano, Smart Strike, Gulch, Seeking the Gold, Gone West, Woodman, Kingmambo, Afleet and Machiavellian
  • Mr. Prospector also ranks as an influential broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft; noted sires Pulpit, Tale of the Cat, Silver Deputy and Flying Spur; the dazzling English sprinter Dayjur; champion War Pass; and 2005 Kentucky Oaks (G1) heroine Summerly
  • Because Mr. Prospector appears in Awesome Again's lineage too, Awesome Act is inbred to him
  • Houdini's Honey is a full sister to French champion juvenile and outstanding sire Machiavellian, as well as French highweight juvenile filly Coup de Genie
  • This quality-laden female line has produced a number of European celebrities, led by champion Bago (Fr), hero of the 2004 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1)
  • Awesome Act's fourth dam is Natalma, who foaled 1964 Derby and Preakness winner and legendary sire Northern Dancer
  • Awesome Act's pedigree is laced with classic influences from top to bottom, suggesting that he will excel at 1 1/4 miles

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