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Freedom Child wins the Peter Pan in the slop (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Durand/NYRA).

Making the Grade, which will run right up until the Belmont Stakes, will focus on the winners of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the 2013 Triple Crown. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based on factors such as ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey) and pedigree.

This week we take a look at Freedom Child, winner of the Peter Pan Stakes on May 11 at Belmont Park.

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Freedom Child

Chestnut Ridgling

Sire (Father): Malibu Moon

Dam (Mother): Bandstand, by Deputy Minister

Owner:  West Point Thoroughbreds,
St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm

Breeder: Spendthrift Farm (Ky.)

Trainer: Tom Albertrani

Draw a line through Freedom Child’s last-place finish in the Wood Memorial Stakes. He never had a chance in the Wood after he was held by the starter when the gates opened and got away to a terrible start; he subsequently was declared a non-starter for wagering purposes because of the incident. The race before and after that start were more indicative of the Malibu Moon ridgling’s ability and the fact that he won them both after opening a clear early lead and never being challenged tells us that the poor start also took him out of his preferred running style. Freedom Child followed the Wood Memorial with a front-running 13 ¼-length romp in the Peter Pan Stake, a Grade 2 race that punched his ticket to the Belmont Stakes.

Ability: Freedom Child disappointed in his career debut before running a very respectable second in his second career race. In that November runner-up finish at Aqueduct, Freedom Child set a solid tempo before he was caught late by a colt you might have heard of: future Kentucky Derby winner Orb. The third-place finisher from that race turned out to be a pretty nice horse, too, future Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary. After a third-place finish in February at Gulfstream Park, Freedom Child earned a breakthrough first win with a dazzling 5 ¼-length score going 1 1/16 miles at the Florida track. In that race, Freedom Child matched his career-best Equibase Speed Figure with a 97, indicating that he might be poised to improve in his third start off the layoff in the Wood, but obviously he never got the chance to show it in that race. But boy did he ever show improvement in the Peter Pan, dominating eight challengers en route to a 112 Equibase Speed Figure that put his figure right there with the best of this year’s 3-year-old class. The big question following the Peter Pan was whether that performance was aided by the sloppy track. Regardless of which side you fall in that debate, there is no doubt he ran a huge race and ranks as a horse with a big shot in the Belmont.

FREEDOM CHILD WAS IMPRESSIVE IN HIS FIRST STAKES VICTORY

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Photo courtesy NYRA

Running style: Freedom Child’s two best races have come when he went right to the lead and it makes sense to expect he will either set the tempo in the Belmont Stakes or be very, very close to the front early. Safe to say Oxbow, who got away with a leisurely pace while winning the Preakness, will not be lonesome in the early stages of the final jewel of the Triple Crown. 

Connections: Tom Albertrani is best known as the trainer of 2006 Preakness Stakes winner and champion 3-year-old male Bernardini, but he also conditioned Grade 1 winners Better Lucky, Zo Impressive, Brilliant Speed, Gozzip Girl, and Balletto. Albertrani got his start in the Thoroughbred industry working for his uncle, trainer Jack Abatemarco. He later served as an assistant to Mark Casse and Hall of Famer Bill Mott before joining the Maktoum family’s Godolphin Racing team in 1995 and working for trainer Saeed bin Suroor. He began training in New York full-time in 2003 with 10 Darley horses for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum before opening a public stable in 2005.

Freedom Child is owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm.

West Point Thoroughbreds, founded by Terry Finley, earned its first win in 1991 with Sunbelt and has raced Grade 1 winners Flashy Bull, Macho Again, Dream Rush, Awesome Gem, Irish Smoke and Lear’s Princess. Finley is a West Point graduate who served in the Army for eight years.

St. Elias Stable has been involved in ownership since 2012 with four wins from 23 starts alone and in partnership. Freedom Child is the first graded stakes winner for St. Elias.

B. Wayne Hughes was introduced to racing by his father, who was a factory worker. In 2004, he bought Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. Hughes founded Public Storage, a venture in which he parlayed a $50,000 investment into a fortune worth billions. Spendthrift currently stands 12 stallions at its Kentucky farm, including Malibu Moon, sire of Freedom Child and 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb. As an owner Hughes won the Breeders Cup Juvenile in 2003 with Action This Day and the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2011 with Court Vision. 

Pedigree: Freedom Child is by Malibu Moon, who this year became a Kentucky Derby-winning sire when Orb prevailed in the first jewel of the Triple Crown. Malibu Moon has been an elite sire for quite a while and is arguably the best stallion at stud by 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy. Other top performers by Malibu Moon include champion Declan's Moon and Grade 1 winners Life At Ten, Devil May Care, and Malibu Mint. Malibu Moon has become a great source of stamina among sires and as a bonus his top runners are usually very explosive as opposed to plodders who grind away at longer distances.

Freedom Child is one of three winners from as many starters out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Bandstand. His second dam (maternal grandmother) is Grade 1 winner City Band, by Carson City. City Band produced stakes winners Weather Warning and Foolishly as well as Storm Tide, the dam of 2010 Illinois Derby winner American Lion. This is also the family of 2012 champion 2-year-old male Shanghai Bobby.

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Haciendo El Grado: Freedom Child

En Español

Translated by Jose Contrera

Haciendo el Grado, que se extenderá hasta el Belmont Stakes (G1), se centrará en los ganadores de las grandes carreras, por lo general de el fin de semana anterior, quienes podrían afectar a la Triple Corona del 2013. Le estaremos dando un vistazo de cerca a los impresionante ganadores y evaluar sus posibilidades de ganar el Kentucky Derby 2013 (G1) basado en factores como la habilidad, estilo de carrera, conexiones (dueño, entrenador, jinete) y pedigree. 

Esta semana echamos un vistazo a Freedom Child, ganador del Peter Pan Stakes el 11 de mayo en Belmont Park.

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Golden Soul

Ridgling Castaño

Padre (Sire): Malibu Moon

Madre (Dam): Bandstand, por Deputy Minister

Dueño: West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable
y Spendthrift Farm

Criador:  Spendthrift Farm (Kentucky)

Entrenador: Tom Albertrani

Dibuja una línea a través del acabado de ultimo de Freedom Child en el Wood Memorial Stakes. Nunca tuvo una oportunidad en el Wood después de que fue agarrado por el starter assistente cuando las puertas se abrieron y produjo un comienzo terrible, que posteriormente fue declarado que no valido para correr y las apuestas fueron canceladas por el incidente. La carrera antes y después de ese comienzo fue más indicativo de la capacidad del ridgling de Malibu Moon y el hecho de que ganó después de abrir una clara ventaja y nunca ser desafiado nos dice que el mal comienzo también lo sacó de su estilo de carrera preferida. Freedom Child siguió el Wood Memorial con una victoria en la punta de 13 ¼ cuerpos de longitud en el Peter Pan Stakes, una carrera de grado 2 que marcó su boleto para el Belmont Stakes. 

Habilidad: Freedom Child decepcionó en su debut antes de ejecutar un respetable segundo en su segunda carrera profesional. En ese segundo lugar en noviembre de ese año en Aqueduct, Freedom Child estableció un ritmo sólido antes de ser capturado por un potro que tal vez haya ya oído hablar de el: el futuro ganador del Kentucky Derby Orb. El tercer lugar de esa carrera también resultó ser un muy buen caballo, el futuro ganador del Louisiana Derby, Revolutionary. Después de un tercer puesto en febrero en Gulfstream Park, Freedom Child obtuvo su primera victoria con 5 ¼ cuerpos de longitud corriendo 1 1/16 milla en la pista de Florida. En esa carrera, Freedom Child igualó su marca personal de figura de velocidad Equibase, un 97, lo que indica que podría estar a punto de mejorar en su tercera apertura en el Wood, pero obviamente él nunca tuvo la oportunidad de demostrarlo esa carrera . Pero vaya que sí demostró mucha mejora en el Peter Pan Stakes, cuando dominó a ocho rivales en camino a una figura de velocidad Equibase 112 que puso su figura allí con los mejor de la clase de 3 años de edad de este año. La gran pregunta después del Peter Pan era si ese desempeño se vio favorecido por la pista mojada. Independientemente de qué lado usted cae en ese debate, no hay duda de que él tuvo una gran carrera y se ubica como un caballo con un gran opportunidad en el Belmont.

Estilo de Carrera: Las dos mejores carreras de Freedom Child han tenido lugar cuando se fue derecho a la punta y tiene sentido esperar que el va a liderar o estar muy cerca de la parte delantera en el Belmont Stakes. Es seguro decir que Oxbow, que se salió con un ritmo pausado al ganar el Preakness, no estará solo en las primeras etapas de la joya final de la Triple Corona.

Conexiones: Tom Albertrani es mejor conocido como el entrenador del ganador del Preakness Stakes de 2006 y campeón de 3 años masculino, Bernardini, pero también ha condicionado a ganadores de grado 1 como Better Lucky, Zo Impressive, Brilliant Speed, Gozzip Girl, y Balletto. Albertrani comenzó su carrera en la industria de caballos de pura sangre trabajando para su tío, el entrenador Jack Abatemarco. Luego se desempeñó como asistente de Mark Casse y el entrendador del Salón de la Fama Bill Mott antes de unirse a Godolphin Racing de la familia Maktoum en 1995 y trabajar para el entrenador Saeed bin Suroor. Él comenzó a entrenar en Nueva York a tiempo completo en 2003, con 10 caballos de Darley para Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum antes de abrir un establo público en 2005. Freedom Child es propiedad de West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable y Spendthrift Farm.

West Point Thoroughbreds, fundada por Terry Finley, ganó su primera victoria en 1991 con Sunbelt y ha competido ganadores de Grado 1 como Flashy Bull, Macho Again, Dream Rush, Awesome Gem, Irish Smoke y Lear’s Princess. Finley es un graduado de West Point que sirvió en el ejército durante ocho años.

St. Elias Stable ha estado involucrado como dueños desde el 2012, con cuatro victorias en 23 aperturas solos y en asociación. Freedom Child es el primer ganador graduado de St. Elias.

B. Wayne Hughes fue introducido a las carreras por su padre, que era un trabajador de la fábrica. En el 2004, el compró Spendthrift Farm en Lexington, Kentucky. Hughes fundó Public Storage, una empresa en la que apostó por una inversión de $50,000 y esta valuada en billones. Spendthrift actualmente tiene a 12 sementales en su granja de Kentucky, incluyendo Malibu Moon, padre de Freedom Child y el ganador del Kentucky Derby del 2013, Orb. Como dueño Hughes ganó la Breeders Cup Juvenile en el 2003 con Action This Day y la Breeders’ Cup Mile en el 2011 con Court Vision.

Pedigree: Freedom Child es por Malibu Moon, que este año se convirtió en un semental del ganador del Kentucky Derby cuando Orb se impuso en la primera joya de la Triple Corona. Malibu Moon ha sido un semental elite durante bastante tiempo y es sin duda el mejor semental del Caballo del Año de 1992, AP Indy. Otros de los mejores intérpretes de Malibu Moon incluyen al campeón Declan’s Moon y ganadores de Grado 1 como Life At Ten, Devil May Care, y Malibu Mint. Malibu Moon se ha convertido en una gran fuente de energía entre los sementales y como bono, sus mejores corredores suelen ser muy explosivos y nada como los que parecen tener el mismo paso a distancias más largas. Freedom Child es uno de los tres ganadores del mismo número de titulares que han salido de Bandstand, una yegua por Deputy Minister. Su segunda madre (abuela materna) es la ganadora de grado 1 City Band, que es por Carson City. City Band produjo a los ganadores de stakes Weather Warning y Foolishly al igual que Storm Tide, la madre del ganador del Illinois Derby del 2010, American Lion. Esta también es de la familia del campeón de 2 años de edad del 2012, Shanghai Bobby.

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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Mike Curry

A native of Philadelphia who grew up in nearby Wilmington, Del., Curry was editor of Thoroughbred Times TODAY before joining the America's Best Racing team in May 2012. He credits his grandfather for the inspiration to repeatedly sneak off to Delaware Park as a 16-year-old and the 1989 rivalry between Sunday Silence and Easy Goer for his passion for horse racing. Curry graduated from the University of Delaware in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a concentration in Journalism. He worked for the Wilmington News Journal and was Sports Editor of the Cecil Whig before moving to Lexington in 2005.

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