The 3-year-old Malibu Moon ridgling, who was declared a non-starter in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on April 6 after being compromised at the break, got off a beat slow but quickly collected himself to lead his eight rivals. Edging away on the turn, Freedom Child straightened for home with an eight-length advantage and easily drew off under jockey Luis Saez.
“The plan was to be on the lead and luckily he was able to quicken up leaving the gate and get to an easy lead,” said Tom Albertrani, who trains Freedom Child for West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable and Spendthrift Farm.
Sent off at 7-2, Freedom Child returned $9.20 for a $2 win wager. With the winner’s purse of $120,000, he increased his earnings to $167,072 and extended his record to 2-1-1 from six starts.
“I think we’re going to the Belmont Stakes in about four weeks,” said Terry Finley, president of West Point Thoroughbreds. “I hope [Kentucky Derby winner] Orb runs well in the Preakness and the whole world is watching on [June 8] for the Belmont Stakes, and I hope we upset the apple cart.”
Saint Vigeur, who defeated Freedom Child in a maiden race on February 9 at Gulfstream Park, finished second, with Go Get the Basil 2 ¼ lengths back in third. Abraham, the 5-2 favorite, was fourth, followed by Incognito, Fear the Kitten, My Name is Michael, Narvaez, and Infinite Magic.
Racing fans at Belmont Park and Aqueduct Racetrack on Saturday, May 18, can watch Kentucky Derby winner Orb take on a bevy of challengers when he competes in the 138th running of the Grade 1 Preakness at Pimlico Race Course.
Belmont and Aqueduct will offer simulcast wagering on the Preakness and all 13 races at Pimlico on May 18.
On Preakness Day, doors and all betting windows will open at 10:15, with parking lots opening at 10 a.m.
Belmont will offer live racing on May 17 and May 18 with a first post time of 1:05 p.m. The May 18 card will be highlighted by the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap for filly and mare sprinters and will include a $300,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4.
Farmers Market at Belmont
Beginning this past Saturday, 16 vendors began offering their goods at a new weekly Farmer’s Market at Belmont Park.
Located in the east end of the grandstand on the ground floor, the Belmont Farmer’s Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday (except Belmont Stakes Day) from June 8, through July 13.
When racing returns to Belmont Park in September at the conclusion of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, the Farmer’s Market will be open on Saturdays and Sunday through October.