10/02/2010 2:13PM

Cost of Freedom ready, but riderless


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Cost of Freedom will make his third consecutive appearance in the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Hollywood Park next Saturday.

But as of Saturday, when Cost of Freedom zipped six furlongs in 1:11.80 in his final pre-race workout, trainer John Sadler did not have a jockey for the two-time stakes winner.

Tyler Baze was booked to ride Cost of Freedom in the Ancient Title, but he announced through his agent late last week that he will not ride until the start of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting in December because of the lingering effects of a facial injury suffered at Del Mar in July.

Two other riders that Sadler would like to use – Joe Talamo and Patrick Valenzuela – are scheduled to ride at Keeneland next Saturday. Joel Rosario, another jockey that Sadler frequently uses on his horses, is booked to ride 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Dancing in Silks in the Ancient Title.

“It’s a problem,” Sadler said. “I’m working on it. The riders that are around will still be here [available] in two days, or we may bring somebody in.”

Cost of Freedom worked alone on Saturday, which Sadler said is necessary for the 7-year-old gelding. If he worked in company, Sadler said Cost of Freedom could go too fast for the purpose of a workout. Saturday, Cost of Freedom’s time was the fastest of 17 recorded works at the distance.

“He looked really comfortable out there,” Sadler said.

Cost of Freedom won the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap here in June, but had a disappointing Del Mar. In the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes on Aug. 1, he hopped in the air at the start and finished fifth as the 3-5 favorite. In the Green Flash Handicap over five furlongs on turf on Aug. 18, he finished fourth, beaten a half-length, in his first start on the surface.

Sadler said he will take precautions this week to make sure that Cost of Freedom does better in the gate on Saturday and avoid a repeat of the Bing Crosby incident.

“He’ll stand in the gate a bit this week,” he said. “I think you can put that race aside.”

Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber, Cost of Freedom won the 2008 Ancient Title and was fourth in the 2009 running, both of which were at Santa Anita. In the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Cost of Freedom finished third, beaten a head, after leading into the stretch.

The $250,000 Ancient Title over six furlongs will feature Dancing in Silks as well as Canonize, Gato Go Win, and Smiling Tiger. Saturday, Gato Go Win worked a half-mile in 46.60 seconds, the second-fastest of 55 recorded works at the distance. Gato Go Win won the Pirate’s Bounty Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 8, a race in which Dancing in Silks was only fourth in his first start since February.

Kinsale King will train up to BC

One leading sprinter not expected to start in the Ancient Title is Kinsale King, who won the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai in March.

After mixed results in England in the spring and summer – a third-place finish in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee at Ascot in June and a 12th in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket in July – trainer Carl O’Callaghan said that Kinsale King will be trained up to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

In his last start in the United States, Kinsale King won the Grade  2 Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita in January, beating a field that included Dancing in Silks, who finished third.

Saturday, Kinsale King worked five furlongs in 58.60 seconds, the fastest of 80 recorded works at the distance. Three times from Sept. 4 through Sept. 18, Kinsale King had the fastest five-furlong workout of the morning at Hollywood Park.

“I could run him in the Ancient Title, but I’d rather work him up to the Breeders’ Cup,” O’Callaghan said on Saturday.

Zardana may run in Spinster

Zardana, who beat 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the New Orleans Ladies Classic at Fair Grounds in March but has lost her last two starts, is being considered for the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday, trainer John Shirreffs said.

Saturday, Zardana worked six furlongs in 1:12.60, the second-fastest of 17 works at the distance. Shirreffs said a final decision on Zardana’s participation will be made in coming days, and are contingent on making adequate travel arrangements.

Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Zardana has not started since finishing third behind stablemate Zenyatta in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park in June. A 6-year-old Brazilian-bred mare, Zardana was not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program as a weanling and therefore is unlikely to run in the Ladies’ Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 if she runs well in the Spinster, Shirreffs said.