Freedom Child, most recently last of nine in the Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 27, has been retired to stud at Country Life Farm in Maryland, West Point Thoroughbreds' Terry Finley confirmed Aug. 10.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Palace Malice towers over nine other sophomores -- including Mylute, Code West, Vyjack, and Moreno -- entered in the July 27 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
Spendthrift Farm stallion Malibu Moon has been on the rise as a sire, never so much as this year with the Kentucky Derby winner Orb and Peter Pan victor Freedom Child vying for the June 8 Belmont Stakes.
Here's a rundown of the field for the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), with reasons each contender could get the money... and why they might not.
Lenny Shulman reports on the news of the day, including Freedom Child, Incognito, and the weather. Watch Video
- By Steve Haskin
It's time to try to analyze this year's Belmont Stakes. read blog
The transcript for the Live Blog is now available. Read Transcript
Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds talks about Peter Pan Stakes winner Freedom Child's Belmont Stakes chances. Watch Video
Here are some of the players in one of the most perplexing Belmont Stakes in years. read blog
Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), drew post position 5 and was installed the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) to be run at Belmont Park June 8.
Lenny, Steve, and special guest Steve Byk discuss filly Unlimited Budget, Orb, the post position draw, and make their picks. Plus, comments from Dallas Stewart, trainer of Golden Soul. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Steve Haskin delivers the news of the day, including the weather and who looks good. Watch Video
Now that the post positions for the Belmont Stakes have been drawn, we at least can make an educated guess on how the race might be run. read blog
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Tom Albertrani talks about Peter Pan Stakes (gr.II) winner Freedom Child, who will run in the Belmont Stakes for West Point Thoroughbreds and partners. watch video
Former jockey Tom Albertrani and former groom Terry Finley team up now as trainer and owner of Peter Pan winner and Belmont contender Freedom Child.
Trainer Shug McGaughey said June 2 that Orb definitely will be pointed toward the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) following the colt's half-mile work in :48 and gallop-out of five furlongs in a sharp 1:00 2/5.
Jockey Luis Saez, a recent addition to the New York riding colony, brought home five winners, including back-to-back dead-heat victories, May 31 at Belmont Park.
Freedom Child turned in his first breeze since romping in the Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II) earlier this month, covering five furlongs over the Belmont Park main track May 27 in a sharp :59.87.
Evan Hammonds recaps the effort of Freedom Child in the Peter Pan Stakes and digs up some Triple Crown history from Freedom Child's 2012 racing career. watch video
Everything finally went right for Freedom Child May 11 at Belmont Park. Romping in the slop by 13 1/4 lengths to take the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (gr. II), he punched his ticket to the June 8 Belmont (gr. I).
Fear the Kitten will take on Bay Shore Stakes winner Declan's Warrior and Illinois Derby fourth-place finisher Abraham in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park May 11.
Pick Six Racing's Vyjack was declared ready for $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) to be run April 6 after breezing March 30 at Aqueduct Racetrack. Other key contenders also were on the tab in New York and Florida.
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