2023 Awesome Again Stakes Slow Down Andy goes gate to wire

Slow Down Andy booked his place in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic with a stunning gate-to-wire victory in the 2023 Awesome Again Stakes. 

His victory was his first win in five races and first graded victory since capturing the 2022 Del Mar Derby.

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Awesome Again Stakes

Grade 1, 1 mile and an eighth, dirt, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool: $300,000

  1. Slow Down Andy +250
  2. Defunded +200
  3. Senor Buscado +500

Winning time: 1:47.62

Slow Down Andy got the better off Defunded and Senor Buscado to emerge as the gutsy winner of this year’s Awesome Again Stakes.

Bounding out of gate 3, Slow Down Andy’s jockey Mario Gutierrez shuffled his mount to the front and immediately bagged the inside rail. 

Knowing that Slow Down Andy liked to win off the front, the Bob Baffert trained duo of Defunded and National Treasure were keen to ensure he didn’t get too far ahead.

With the field nicely stacked in behind, as the horses hit the far turn the race looked well and truly on.

Despite Slow Down Andy’s early exertions, he still travelled strongly and as he hit the home straight still looked full of running.

2023 Awesome Again Stakes Race Video


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With Defunded being caught out by Slow Down Andy’s stamina, he could never land a blow and always looked held. Showing no signs of slowing, Slow Down Andy went onto win by three lengths. 

Defunded did enough to finish second, with Senor Buscado finishing like a train to claim third.

2023 Awesome Again Stakes Race Payouts

PositionHorseWinPlace Show
1Slow Down Andy$6.00$3.60$2.80
3Senor Buscado$4.40

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