06/05/2010 12:00AM

Cost of Freedom wires Los Angeles Handicap


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Cost of Freedom's win in an optional claimer at Hollywood Park on May 6 left trainer John Sadler thinking that the race was the best of the 7-year-old gelding's career. He may want to reassess that ranking after Saturday's .

Winning his first stakes since the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita in 2008, Cost of Freedom led throughout the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap, prevailing by three-quarters of a length over E Z's Gentlemen. My Summer Slew finished third, with M One Rifle, winner of the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita last December, only fourth, finishing 4 1/4 lengths behind the winner in the field of seven.

Cost of Freedom ($4) ran six furlongs in 1:08.49 under jockey Tyler Baze, after setting an early pace of 22.05 and 44.44 seconds. The victory left winning owner Gary Barber impressed.

"He faced a tougher group" than last time, Barber said.

Sadler was not at Hollywood Park for the race. He was at Belmont Park to saddle Dave in Dixie for the Belmont Stakes.

Cost of Freedom has won 8 of 15 starts and $666,105. Last fall, he was third in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, losing by a head to Dancing in Silks. Barber said the $250,000 Bing Crosby Handicap, a Grade 1 race over six furlongs on Aug. 1, is likely to be Cost of Freedom's next start.

Redondo Beach: Turning Top rallies

Turning Top rallied from third in the final furlong to win the $61,950 Redondo Beach Stakes, the filly's stakes debut and trainer Simon Callaghan's first stakes win in the United States.

Callaghan, 26, moved his stable from England to Santa Anita last winter.

Turning Top won her third consecutive start in the Redondo Beach Stakes for fillies and mares. Ridden by Brice Blanc, Turning Top ($4.40) ran a mile on turf in 1:36.53, making up 3 1/2 lengths in the final furlong to catch 7-1 Rosey de Megeve. Value Stream, who led at the eighth pole, faded to finish third in the field of five. Czechers and Ecliar de Lune were scratched.

Turning Top has won 3 of 5 starts since arriving from England. Owned by Michael Tabor, Turning Top has won 5 of 14 starts and $111,943.