09/07/2013 2:24PM

Golden Gate Fields: Cost of Freedom becomes millionaire

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Cost of Freedom, a 10-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding who won the Grade 1 Ancient Title at Santa Anita in 2008, became a millionaire Friday at Golden Gate Fields.

And he reached the milestone in style with a 3 1/4-length win in a 5 1/2-furlong race for $10,000 claimers. He only needed to finish fourth to become a millionaire.

Cost of Freedom grabbed the lead immediately and was never headed, winning in 1:03.70 over even-money favorite Worldly Lad.

It was Cost of Freedom’s third victory of the year and his first since being claimed for $12,500 on April 6 by trainer Genaro Vallejo for Battle Born Racing Stable and Nick Ferrara. This was his third start for the new owners.

With his victory, Cost of Freedom, who returned $9.40, has now earned $1,007,509, with 15 wins, 10 seconds and 6 thirds in 44 starts.