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Belmont Park: Freedom Child romps in Peter Pan slop; Belmont Stakes next
ELMONT, N.Y. - Freedom Child had no chance to make the Kentucky Derby when he lost all chance at the start of the Wood Memorial. Given the way he ran in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes, Freedom Child could have a big chance in the Belmont Stakes on June 8. Especially if the track is wet.
Despite an awkward start, Freedom Child quickly shot to the front under Luis Saez and turned the Peter Pan into his own personal training session, romping to a 13 1/4-length victory over a sloppy Belmont Park main track.
Saint Vigeur finished second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Go Get the Basil, who nosed out 5-2 favorite Abraham for third. Abraham was followed in the order of finish by Incognito, Fear the Kitten, My Name Is Michael, Narvaez, and Infinite Magic.
Battier and Declan’s Warrior were scratched.
Immediately after the race, Terry Finley, head of the West Point Thoroughbreds syndicate that owns Freedom Child along with St Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm, said Freedom Child would run in the Belmont Stakes.
The owners held out hope of making it to the Kentucky Derby when they entered Freedom Child in the Wood Memorial. But the horse was eliminated at the break when he reacted to Go Get the Basil, who was inside of him, beating the starting gate. Freedom Child was still in the hands of the assistant starter when the doors opened, and despite making a big run into contention down the backside, he finished last and was later declared a non-starter by the stewards.
Finley said he had no regrets about missing the Derby.
“The Kentucky Derby is tough,” Finley said. “If you don’t get there, there’s a reason. It saved a lot of agita.”
Saturday, there was only a little agita at the start.
Breaking from the rail, Freedom Child did take a right-hand turn out of the gate, but Saez quickly got him straightened away. Freedom Child was able to make the lead through a quarter-mile in 23.51 seconds, and he continued to extend his advantage through a half-mile in 46.67 seconds, six furlongs in 1:10.98, and a mile in 1:35.95. He drifted out somewhat in the sloppy stretch and covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.09. He returned $9.20 as the second choice.
“He started to get his head up in the air and I think he got off a little slow,” Tom Albertrani, who trains Freedom Child, said. “The plan was to be on the lead, and luckily he was able to quicken up leaving the gate and get to an easy lead, so it worked out well.”
Said Saez: “He wanted to run so I let him run.”
Last Nov. 24, Freedom Child finished second to Orb in a maiden race at Aqueduct. Revolutionary was third in that race.
Depending what happens with Kentucky Derby winner Orb in next Saturday’s Preakness, a rematch between all three horses could be on tap with history on the line in the June 8 Belmont Stakes.
A walk in the park for Freedom Child .hand ridden till the the final turn = very easy last race .the horse showed no signs of fatigue after the race = was not even breathing hard amazing horse .if he can rate @ relax he will win by 2or 3 lengths .watched him work at 5 f on a fast dry track alone he is truly amazing to go 59 and with little effort .by the way he has won on a dry track too by 5 lengths Duane Leigh
I won money on that race. The second I laid eyes on Freedom Child I ran to the bet line. I say this he will be first , then Orb ,followed by Revolutionary, then Oxbow with Mylute, AND that is my HIGH FIVE.
I like the way Ingonito was moving late. Put in a nice run on a lone pacesetter.
i thouht the same thing about Belmont Stakes, it will be race between ORB, FREEDOM CHILD and REVOLUTIONARY, and i think placing will be in that order, at least i hope so, let me see how ORB will do in the Preakness?
Horse-race reporting is different from other sports reporting in one particular regard: Never a word about the also-rans (e.g.,"couldn't get hold of the track," "rank," "popped a quarter," etc.). So bettors who didn't have the winner learn nothingabout the event except the future plans for their winner. Feckless, vapid.
How did Hughes sell part of this horse to Hucksters like Westpoint?
very impressive. hard to say if he is just a mud lover or a really nice horse. Didnt like the fact we finished in the center of track. Will be very interesting to see him in Belmont............
I had a big bet on him in the wood, 40-1 it meant 15,000 to me. Trust me he would`ve won it!!
I watched the simulcast at Churchill. During the race some dude kept saying FC was going too fast. He said over and over again, "dead meat". "Dead meat" won by 13.
Rather than reply to certain inquiries I'll just write here......why did Saez tap Freedom Child while he was obviously a winner? Well if you were sitting where Saez was you would have known the horse was "getting out".....he was trying to get him focused, he wasn't abusing the horse. Just trying to straighten him out, that was obvious. Now before we start crowning a new king realize FC is a Malibu Moon, getting the distance shouldn't have been a problem, like his half brother Orb and the slop only helped matters. Be aware that it was a one turn 1 1/8th....not 2 turns and it does make a difference. Also be aware that that is the way Belmont plays when it's sloppy...get the lead and as long as you aren't a nag there's more than a good shot you'll win. The horse did what he was supposed to do......now the trick is can he do that with some adversity? He couldn't do it in the Wood, though I will admit that was alot to overcome, but.....that's what makes a real good horse. Like Orb, slow pace he wins, fast pace he wins......He runs his races against other horses, not the clock. Times on tracks like that have to be taken with a grain of salt......otherwise you start believing horses like Friesen Fire are much better than they really are. Quarter splits mean little.....FC had never run those splits before, so thinking he suddenly "got it" wouldn't be a good idea. Take the race for what it was....a very nice win over a sloppy course. Remember this Peter Pan could have easily been a NW2X Alw. race.....While I do like FC I'm also cognizant of who he beat and I know he isn't almost 14 lengths better than some of the ones who finished behind him......The same way I didn't think he was that bad in the Wood.......folks gave him a pass in the Wood because of his trouble, the same should apply to his good fortune in the PP.....he got the lead on a track he should have relished, in a one turn 1 1/8th against a so so group......how else can you explain folks betting My Name Is Michael?.....he hasn't shown a lick of run all year.......making him a betting choice either proves folks are not too bright or they didn't think much of everyone else.....either way you slice it was a so so group. Though I believe Incognito will improve........he absolutely hated that race track. Take each race as it is, never be too optomistic over a good run and too pessimistic about a bad one, there are circumstances in every race.....it's just what a thoroughbred is physically capable of and how he runs that matters......So enjoy FC's win for what itb was, but don't hang your hat on it.......
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