Freedom Child in the Peter Pan Stakes.
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Peter Pan Winner Freedom Child in Brisk Move

Son of Malibu Moon breezes five panels in sharp :59.87 for upcoming Belmont Stakes.

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.

The move, under exercise rider John Mason, was the fifth fastest of 28 at the distance on the morning.

"I thought he went super," said Tom Albertrani, who trains the Malibu Moon  ridgling for West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable, and breeder Spendthrift Farm. "The rider sat there with a nice hold of him and he looked like he was just galloping down the lane. We just wanted to let him go in hand. Typically he can get aggressive when he's feeling good, so the rider had a nice hold of him early on.

"It looked like he was just running through the bridle the first three-eighths, and he just gave him a little slack down the lane. He responded well and did it all nice and easy."

Albertrani said he was considering an easy workout for Freedom Child before the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

"This week he'll just do some light galloping and maybe a real easy work next time or a good strong gallop out," Albertrani said. "I just don't want him to do too much on top of the race. Today was a pretty strong work, so we'll just kind of let him get there."

Tenth in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), Freedom Child rebounded in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan May 11 with a front-running 13 1/4-length score over a sloppy, sealed main track.

Out of the winning Deputy Minister mare Bandstand, Freedom Child has compiled a 2-1-1 mark in six starts with earnings of $167,072.

In other Belmont Stakes news, Darley Stable's Incognito worked a half-mile in :50.01 Monday morning and remains under consideration for the 1 1/2-mile race.

"He worked well, and Jimmy Bell (president of Darley America) was here, so we're going to talk about it in the next day or two and see if we give it a shot," said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "The main reason we're even talking about it is that he truly wants a mile and a half and you don't get many opportunities."

Also on Monday, trainer Chad Brown proclaimed Peter Pan runner-up Saint Vigeur "doubtful" for the Belmont Stakes after the Smart Strike colt developed a quarter crack.