08/11/2013 7:34AM

Peter Pan winner Freedom Child retired to Country Life Farm

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Barbara D. Livingston
Freedom Child, a son of Malibu Moon, scored his biggest win in the Peter Pan Stakes.

Freedom Child, runaway winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont Park in May, emerged from the Jim Dandy with a high suspensory ligament tear in a hind leg and has been retired.

He will stand stud at Country Life Farm in Maryland, according to Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds which owns Freedom Child in partnership with St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm. Finley said all three partners will stay in on the horse as a stallion.

“He’ll follow the same exact path as Malibu Moon,” Finley said. “We’re hoping he turns out to be the second coming of Malibu Moon.”

Malibu Moon is the sire of Freedom Child as well as the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Orb. Malibu Moon began his stallion career at Country Life before moving on to Spendthrift.

Freedom Child, trained by Tom Albertrani, won the Peter Pan in the slop by 13 1/4 lengths. But he finished 13th in the Belmont Stakes and, most recently, last in the Jim Dandy.

“It’s unfortunate. He never really took an unsound step his whole career and it looks like he injured himself in the Jim Dandy,” Finley said.

Freedom Child retires with a career record of 2-1-1 from eight starts and earnings of $170,072.

John Nicoletti More than 1 year ago
It totally validates my comment on a previous site. We are dealing with the most fragile of animals, and the stress of competitive racing and training is grueling. Our trainer was a firm believer of withholding our horses from racing until their three year old year. Most often, he was correct.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
that's unfortunately, but the good thing it wasn't fatal injury. Good luck as a stud
not impressed More than 1 year ago
At least they said what happened to him here. Other sites including the Bloodhorse made it sound like he had run two bad races in a row and they retired him because of it.
charles b More than 1 year ago
On the other hand, maybe he did run two clunkers and the owners are trying to use an injury as an excuse.
mark oleary More than 1 year ago
good luck , dude, in your new career. I loved your Peter Pan and thought you had a big future ill be watching for your offspring in the slop in a few years