05/13/2013 5:03PM

DRF Breeding Weekend Wrap: More success for Malibu Moon

Tom Keyser
Peter Pan winner Freedom Child, a son of Malibu Moon, will be pointed toward the Belmont Stakes.

Kentucky Derby winner Orb gave Spendthrift Farm stallion Malibu Moon his first classic winner, resulting in a spate of coverage in leading media outlets detailing his rise from modest beginnings to his current position as a leading national sire.

One week later, the 13-year-old son of A.P. Indy extended his remarkable spring with yet another stakes winner in the 3-year-old division, as Freedom Child broke through with a dominant victory in the Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont. In his previous start, Freedom Child missed the break after being held by an assistant starter in the Wood Memorial and lost all chance against Verrazano and Normandy Invasion. The ridgling had gate issues once again when he broke slowly from the inside post in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan. This time, however, he recovered swiftly to take the lead and was never challenged thereafter, winning by 13 1/4 lengths in the slop and covering the distance in 1:49.09, good for a Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

Freedom Child, who will be pointed to the Belmont Stakes on June 8, was bred by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift. Orb bested Freedom Child by two lengths in a one-mile maiden race last November at Aqueduct, and future Kentucky Derby third-place finisher and possible Belmont contender Revolutionary checked in third in that race.

Co-owner West Point Thoroughbreds, through agent Buzz Chace, bought Freedom Child from Spendthrift for $350,000 out of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale. He is out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Grandstand, a half-sister to stakes winners Weather Warning and Foolishly; the latter is the granddam of Grade 3 winner and young Darby Dan stallion American Lion. Freedom Child’s second dam is Grade 1 winner City Band, by Carson City.

Meanwhile, at Hollywood Park, Let Em Shine continued his ascent in the sprint division with another dominant win, taking the seven-furlong Came Home Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths in his stakes debut. The 3-year-old Songandaprayer colt covered the distance over Hollywood’s Cushion Track in 1:21.65, earning an impressive 107 Beyer. The win was his third in a row from four career starts and his first beyond six furlongs. According to trainer Adam Kitchingman, Let Em Shine will next tackle graded stakes company, possibly in the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes at Calder, with the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at Saratoga his end-of-summer goal.

Kentucky-bred Let Em Shine was purchased by Sunset Stables as a yearling for $10,000 at the Keeneland September sale under the auspices of agent John Brocklebank, who is now a key player in the Australian bloodstock market. Brocklebank’s associates Callaway Thoroughbreds pinhooked the colt for $100,000 at the Barretts March 2-year-olds in training sale, where he was bought by Peeples.

Let Em Shine is out of the Johannesburg mare Justaspell and is from the family of Grade 3 winner Merlins Charm and black type winners Cool Spell, Coarsegold, and Goldspell, among several other stakes horses.

Weekend notes: Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Flotilla made her first start of 2013 a classic-winning one by taking the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1,000 Guineas) on Sunday at Longchamp. The 3-year-old filly by Juddmonte Farms’ central Kentucky-based sire Mizzen Mast won the 1,600-meter (about one mile) event by a neck and improved her career record to three wins from six starts and $916,282 in earnings.

Flotilla, one of two Breeders' Cup winners co-bred by Michel Zerolo's Oceanic Bloodstock, was purchased for about $173,000 at the Arqana Deauville yearling sale in August 2011 by Bahen Bloodstock, comprised of agents Justin Bahen and Hughie De Burgh. The pair privately sold Flotilla to Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Maktoum after her maiden win in France last year.

The bay filly – whose sire Mizzen Mast produced two Breeders’ Cup winners last fall - is out of the Grade 3-winning Sinndar mare Louvain and is a half-sister to stakes winner Louvakhova. Flotilla’s second dam is stakes winner and Group-2 placed Flanders, by Common Grounds.