The 4-year-old filly Awesome Flower got her second stakes win in her last four tries by taking Presque Isle Downs's $100,000 HBPA Stakes on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 26.
The Michael Maker-trained filly, claimed for $30,000 for Ken and Sarah Ramsey in her final start of 2012, has made nine trips to the post this year, winning five, with a second and a third, and earning $208,959 of her lifetime $247,344.
The 5-2 second choice in the 10-horse field of fillies and mares, Awesome Flower bided her time under Alan Garcia, tracking three-wide down the backstretch in the mile and 70-yard test over the Tapeta. She "swept up to loom boldly at the quarter pole," noted the chart comments and drew off to win by a dominating three and a half lengths over favorite Primed for Passion. Her time was a sharp 1:40.82, the fastest of the year at the popular distance. Awesome Flower came into the HBPA Stakes off a third-place showing in Churchill Downs' Locust Grove Stakes three weeks earlier.
The chestnut daughter of Flower Alley recorded her initial stakes victory in July in her stakes debut at Canterbury Park, taking the off-the-turf Lady Canterbury Stakes at a mile. Bred in Maryland by Tom and Chris Bowman, Milton P. Higgins III and Three Chimneys Farm LLC, Awesome Flower was initially campaigned by Arnold and Sylvia Heft, who had purchased her for $45,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale from the consignment of Becky Davis.
Awesome Flower is one of four winners from as many foals to race for her dam Formalities Aside. The daughter of Awesome Again also has a 2-year-old named If Not For Her and a yearling - both by Not For Love - and this year delivered a filly by Jump Start.