COMING OF AGE
West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm’s Freedom Child
(Malibu Moon), declared a non-starter after missing the break in the GI Wood Memorial S. Apr. 6, punched his ticket to the GI Belmont S. with a 13 1/4-length tour-de-force in front- running style in the GII Peter Pan S.Saturday, Belmont ParkPETER PAN S.-GII
, $200,000, BEL, 5-11, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:49, sy.
, 116, r, 3, by Malibu Moon1st Dam: Bandstand, by Deputy Minister2nd Dam: City Band, by Carson City3rd Dam: Wedding Band, by Mighty Appealing
($350,000 yrl '11 FTSAUG). O-West Point Thoroughbreds, St Elias Stable & Spendthrift Farm LLC; B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-Thomas Albertrani; J-Luis Saez. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 6-2-1-1, $167,072. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 116, c, 3, Smart Strike
--Sweet Way, by Giant's Causeway. ($50,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Mr & Mrs William Warren Jr; B-Pam & Martin Wygod (KY); T-Chad Brown. $40,000.
3--Go Get the Basil
, 116, c, 3, Andromeda's Hero
--Images in Jade, by Jade Hunter. O/B-John Esposito & Anthony Logrippo (NY); T-Richard Violette Jr. $20,000.
Margins: 13 1/4, 2 1/4, NO. Odds: 3.60, 6.60, 16.00.
Also Ran: Abraham, Incognito, Fear the Kitten, My Name Is Michael, Narvaez, Infinite Magic.
Scratches: Battier, Declan's Warrior. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.
Freedom Child set the pace and ran a huge race to place second at 49-1 behind GI Kentucky Derby hero Orb (Malibu Moon) going a mile at the Big A Nov. 24. Freshened and stretched to 1 1/16 miles, the chestnut finished third behind Saint Vigeur and next out winner Wabbajack (Midnight Lute) at Gulfstream Feb. 9. He broke through with a decisive wire-to-wire tally over the promising Bellarmine (Magna Graduate) going nine furlongs in Hallandale Mar. 10. Off in a tangle after being held by an assistant starter in the Wood, he gave it a good go to reach contention, then tired to finish a well-beaten 10th while running for purse money only. Off a beat slow from his rail draw here, Freedom Child rushed up within his own restraint to show the way through fractions of :23.51 and :46.67, and dropped the hammer while drifting a bit through the stretch. "I think we’re going to go to the [GI] Belmont S. in about four weeks," West Point’s Terry Finley said. "I hope Orb runs well in the Preakness and the whole world is watching on [June 8] for the Belmont, and I hope we have the chance to upset the apple cart."
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