Rail Runner

The Observations of a Horse Racing Enthusiast

Awesome Feather back on the Tab

Posted by Brian Appleton on June 2, 2011

Awesome Feather is back on the work tab. The 2010 Champion Two Year Old Filly, undefeated in six starts in including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr.1), was sidelined indefinitely in early January after a tendon “issue” was discovered. No goals were named for a return date as the extent of the injury was unclear, and both trainer Chad Brown and owner Frank Stronach made it clear they would take as long as possible to bring their champion back slowly for the best possible chance at a full recovery. On February 7th the Daily Racing Form reported the daughter of Awesome Of Course was walking under tack and making enough positive progress that she could possibly return to light training by the end of the month.

Well, she didn’t make it into light training by the end of February but continued to build steady progress and finally made her official return to the work tab on May 24th at Belmont Park, clocking 3 furlongs in a solid :36.78. Six days later she returned on Monday, May 30th and booked an excellent 4 furlong move in :48.12, ranking as the 4th best move of 19.  Brown and Stronach have not publicly come out with a summer goal yet for the talented three year old, but for Awesome Feather’s loyal fans’ it’s just a matter of time and patience. She appears to be safely recovered from her ligament issue and well on her way towards reaching tip top shape. [Click here to read the complete post on Distaff Runner at HRN with an early review of the Acorn Stakes]

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