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British-based Awesome Act eyes Gotham invasion
British trainer Jeremy Noseda is mapping out plans for the royally-bred AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again), who was last seen flying home for fourth in the November 7 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2). According to a statement posted Thursday on Noseda's website, Awesome Act will ship from his Newmarket headquarters to New York for the March 6 Gotham S. (G3) at Aqueduct.
"I am happy with Awesome Act, and we are now moving forward with our plan to send him" for the Gotham, Noseda said. "We have yet to finalize on a jockey but have been in contact with a couple already. We would have to sort out bringing them up from Florida where they ride at present, but I am confident of securing the services of a top-flight American jockey.
"Awesome Act's performance in the Gotham is the key to how we move forward," the trainer explained.
Should Awesome Act run well in the Gotham, Noseda intends to send him to Keeneland, where he would continue his preparations for his next engagement, the April 3 Wood Memorial S. (G1) back at Aqueduct.
Taking a longer-range view, Noseda ideally hopes that Awesome Act will earn his way into the Kentucky Derby (G1).
"But at this point, what is most important -- from two points of view -- is the Gotham," he reiterated. "If he doesn't perform on the dirt, the bigger picture plan is no longer relevant.
"Secondly, due to the conditions of the Kentucky Derby where entry is decided by prize money from (graded) stakes races, it is imperative we start picking some up; otherwise we won't make the cut."
Awesome Act has compiled a record of 6-1-2-1 with $71,662 in total earnings. Runner-up in two key maidens at Newmarket last August, the chestnut broke through with a victory at Goodwood in his fourth outing. Awesome Act encountered trouble at the start of the prestigious Dewhurst S. (Eng-G1) in his stakes debut, where he checked in ninth, but put forth a more encouraging effort next time in the Breeders' Cup. His late-running fourth in the Juvenile Turf netted him $60,000 in graded earnings.
Bred by Flaxman Holdings Ltd. in Kentucky, Awesome Act was sold for $240,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. He is out of the winning Houdini's Honey (Mr. Prospector), a full sister to French champion two-year-old and outstanding sire Machiavellian.