Mr Freeze Cold-Blooded in WV Derby Laugher

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Mr Freeze | Coady

Mr Freeze continued his rapid upward trajectory with a pillar-to-post success in Saturday’s GIII West Virginia Derby.

The chestnut was sent off at 9-1 for each of his first two career appearances, a debut success in a seven-furlong Keeneland maiden Apr. 20 and a half-length tally going two turns over the Churchill main track June 2. Tested for class in the July 6 Iowa Derby, he settled handy to the pace while three wide and was gaining inches late en route to a runner-up effort behind High North.

Ridden for pace this time around by Robby Albarado, Mr Freeze cleared his rivals and dropped down nearer the inside racing into the clubhouse turn. Nursed along from there, the $75,000 Keeneland September purchase kicked further in front off the home turn and was never in any sort of danger. Draft Pick, narrowly defeated by Once On Whiskey (Bodemeister) in the GIII Los Alamitos Derby July 14, rallied late for second. Once On Whiskey sat a midpack trip, but was beaten three furlongs from home and finished a listless fifth.

Pedigree Notes:

Mr Freeze is the first graded winner for To Honor and Serve, who was recently expatriated to stand stud in Korea, where his eight winners from 15 runners include champion and million-dollar earner Cheongdam Dokki. The unraced Heavenly Cat was a hit at stud, producing three full stakes winners-two graded winners-and a stakes-placed runner from her first four foals to make the races. Mr Freeze’s 9-year-old half-sister Zayanna (Bernardini) has kept the family streak alive, producing SW Velvet Mood (Lonhro {Aus}) and SP Admiral Jimmy (Jimmy Creed) from her first two foals to race. The current 2-year-old filly Up At Dawn (Uncle Mo) is the last listed produce for Heavenly Cat.

Saturday, Mountaineer
WEST VIRGINIA DERBY-GIII, $500,000, Mountaineer Casino & Resort, 8-4, 3yo, 1 1/8m, 1:47.95, ft.
1–MR FREEZE, 118, c, 3, by To Honor and Serve
1st Dam: Heavenly Cat, by Tabasco Cat
2nd Dam: In Excelcis Deo, by Forty Niner
3rd Dam: Sabin, by Lyphard
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($75,000 Ylg
’16 KEESEP). O-Jim Bakke & Gerald Isbister; B-Siena Farms LLC
(KY); T-Dale L. Romans; J-Robby Albarado. $304,500. Lifetime
Record: 4-3-1-0, $434,400. *1/2 to Dilemma (Grand Slam),
GSW, $367,056; Heavenly Ransom (Red Ransom), GSW,
$181,720; Capitano (Belong to Me), MSW & MGSP, $576,894;
and Heavenly Chorus (Unbridled’s Song), MSP, $238,099.
Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
Werk Nick Rating: A.2–Draft Pick, 120, c, 3, Candy Ride (Arg)–Firehouse Red, by
Arch. ($450,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-C R K Stable LLC; B-Hinkle
Farms (KY); T-Peter Eurton. $100,000. 3–High North, 118, c, 3, Midnight Lute–Spacy Tracy, by
Awesome Again. ($230,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Shortleaf
Stable, Inc.; B-Mercedes Stables LLC (KY); T-Brad H. Cox.
$50,000. Margins: 8, HF, NK. Odds: 6.60, 2.90, 4.50.
Also Ran: Lionite, Once On Whiskey, Rugbyman, Caloric, King Cause, Pamir. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.

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