Sunday, July 10, 2011
Awesome Bet, bred, raised and sold by Darby Dan Farm, roared home in the stretch to take the $100,000 Barbaro S. July 9 at Delaware Park.
Seemingly without much hope in sixth place with just a furlong to go, Awesome Bet was flying down the middle of the track under Kent Desormeaux. The 3-year-old colt struck the front a few jumps before the wire to win by a neck in an excellent time of 1:40.37 for the 1 mile and 70 yards. The time was a shade over a second off the track record and earned the winner a career-best 89 Beyer Speed Figure.
“He did a big thing today. That was an amazing turn of foot, and an amazing accomplishment from where he was,” Desormeaux said. “It was hard sitting back there, but when I asked him he got the job done.”
The Barbaro marked the first career stakes win for the son of Awesome Again. The $60,000 payday raised Awesome Bet's lifetime earnings to $134,304 with a record of 3-2-1 in 10 starts.
Phillips Racing Partnership, the namesake of Darby Dan's John Phillips, is the officially listed breeder of Awesome Bet. The dark bay is out of Ellie's Moment, who Phillips also bred. She won nearly $300,000, taking the Rare Treat H. and ran second in the Next Move H. (G3) and the Ladies H. (G3).
Awesome Bet sold for $210,000 at the 2010 Keeneland April 2-year-old in training sale, where he was purchased by current owner Mike McCarthy.