Review of Awesome Again, Grade I, at Santa Anita

Race 11. Awesome Again Stakes, Grade I. For three -year-old and up at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Purse $300.000.

Awesome Again Stakes is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for a berth in Classic.



PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Shades of Victory Martin A. Pedroza Reed Saldana 50/1
2 Isotherm Geovanni Franco Philip D’Amato 15/1
3 Prime Attraction Kent J. Desormeaux James M. Cassidy 10/1
4 The Lieutenant Flavien Prat Michael McCarthy 10/1
5 West Coast Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert 7/5
6 Accelerate Joel Rosario John W. Sadler 3/5


Accelerate has won four graded stakes scores in 2018 year: San Pasqual, Santa Anita Handicap, Gold Cup and Pacific Classic. Accelerate has earnings of $2,312,480 and is the horse to beat in the 2018 Awesome Again.

West Coast has not raced since his second place finish in the Dubai World Cup, Grade I, on March 31. A winner of five consecutive races last year, the Travers, and Pennsylvania Derby. He ran third in the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Other entries are Prime Attraction and The Lieutenant. Prime Attraction ran behind Accelerate in two races this year. The Lieutenant finished also behind Accelerate in two race.

New challengers in the six-horse field include Isotherm, who is winless in eight starts since he won the San Marcos Stakes in February 2017, Shades of Victory who won the E.B. Johnston Stakes for California-breds at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Accelerate
  • West Coast
  • Prime Attraction

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