Champion Awesome Feather retired to Adena Springs

Champion Awesome Feather, who suffered her lone career loss in 11 starts during this year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, has been retired from racing owner Adena Springs announced Thursday. Breeding plans have not yet been finalized.

Awesome Feather  began her career in the Stanley Gold barn racing in the colors of her breeder Jacks or Better Farm, Inc. Following an unbeaten juvenile season in which she captured the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies en route to Eclipse Award honors, the daughter of Awesome of Course was purchased for $2.3 million by Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.

After recovering from a tendon injury, she returned in October of 2011 with an easy win in an overnight stakes at Aqueduct for new trainer, Chad Brown followed with a Grade I victory in the Gazelle Stakes over Thanksgiving weekend. Awesome Feather added two more stakes victories to her resume in 2012, including an emphatic 5 ¾-length win in the rich Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream Park and the Nasty Storm Stakes, which she won by 11 1/4 lengths.

“Working for Bobby (Frankel) I was around several of the Stronach’s best runners and Awesome Feather was right up there with the best of them,” said trainer Chad Brown. “She is a rare horse to overcome a tendon injury, like she did, and maintain top form. She is truly special.”
Awesome Feather retires with earnings of $1,912,746 and a record of 10 victories in 11 starts, her lone defeat being a sixth place run in the Ladies’ Classic.