Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency
5th-GP, $44K, Msw, (S), 3yo, 1m, 3:03p.m.
WinStar Farm and China Horse Club's $600,000 KEESEP purchase FREEDOM FORCE (American Pharoah) makes his career bow against fellow Florida-breds in this spot. The chestnut is a half-brother to MGISW millionaire Iotapa (Afleet Alex) and SW & GSP Saintly Joan (Northern Afleet). The Rodolphe Brisset trainee enters off a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 flat (1/8) at Palm Meadows Feb. 19. Todd Pletcher saddles another intriguing runner in this test in Mathis homebred Roman Empire (Empire Maker). Off slowly in his debut on turf against fellow state-breds here 15 days ago, the bay rallied from well back to finish a respectable third. The sophomore hails from the family of Grade I-winning millionaire Eddington (Unbridled) and GSW National Flag (Speightstown). TJCIS PPs