1997 Queen's Plate Stakes - Awesome Again
When Awesome Again made his unheralded arrival for the 1997 Queen's Plate, he had a bankroll of $25000 from two career starts, both in California and both in the five weeks before the Plate. A year later he would retire as the richest Canadian-bred in history with earnings of more than $4.3 million. The rookie won the Plate by almost four lengths in his only appearance on Canadian soil. Owner Frank Stronach felt the colt could challenge the best in the US, which he did. At age 4 he was undefeated in five races before facing one of the greatest fields ever assembled in the $5 million (US) Breeders' Cup Classic in Louisville, upsetting Silver Charm, Swain, Victory Gallop, Skip Away, Gentleman and Touch Gold. Awesome on the track, the son of Canadian champion sire Deputy Minister was also awesome in the breeding shed, siring Breeders' Cup winners Ghostzapper and Wilko.
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