INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 6, 2010)-His task made simpler due to the slow start of M One Rifle, Cost Of Freedom was an easy winner in his 2010 debut on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
A 7-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding out of the Moscow Ballet mare Freedom Dance, Cost Of Freedom took his four opponents wire-to-wire and did so with ease in the $61,100 optional claimer.
Making his first start since he finished third, beaten by a head, at 18-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last Nov. 7 at Santa Anita, Cost Of Freedom sped immediately to the front, relaxed well under leading jockey Tyler Baze, then finished rapidly while in hand approaching the wire.
Owned by brothers Gary and Cecil Barber and trained by John Sadler, the 2-1 second choice ran his final quarter mile in less than 24 seconds. Bred in California by John Harris, Cost Of Freedom’s final clocking was 1:08.36, the fastest of the meet for the distance. He won by 4 ½ lengths.
Claimed for $50,000 by his current connections on July 28, 2008 at Del Mar, Cost Of Freedom now has seven wins in 14 starts. He has won three of six, including the Ancient Title, a Grade 1 in September, 2008, since the claim. He has earned $606,105. Cost Of Freedom paid $6.60, $4 and $2.10.
M One Rifle, the 7-10 favorite, lost his best opportunity when away last.
In his first appearance since leading all the way in the Malibu, a Grade 1, on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita, the 4-year-old One Man Army gelding had to settle for third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Stoneside. Stoneside returned $4 and $2.10 while M One Rifle paid $2.10 to show.
Two races later, Day With Desi provided the biggest surprise of the young meet. Winless since defeating maidens on April 5, 2009, the 4-year-old Sunday Break gelding ended his drought with a 71-1 stunner.
Beaten a combined 48 lengths in his four previous starts, Day With Desi led throughout, holding off Romance Is Family to win by a neck. Day With Desi, who is owned by Nick Keshishian and trained by George Papaprodromou, returned $144, $62.80 and $23.80.
Kerwin John, recently returned to the Southern California circuit, rode Day With Desi. It was John’s first victory at Hollywood Park since he won with War Scandal on June 18, 2008.
About an hour later, good fortune continued for WinStar Farms. Less than one week removed from Super Saver’s win in the Kentucky Derby, Kayce Ace, a 3-year-old full sister to multiple stakes winner Colonel John, earned her maiden victory in career start No. 2 for trainer Eoin Harty. Bill Casner, the co-owner of WinStar, was in attendance for the head win in 1:44.67 for the 1 1/16 miles.
Racing continues Friday. Night racing is back after a one week absence.
Post time on Friday for the remainder of the meet is 7:05 p.m. A concert featuring Berlin will begin after the eighth and final race is concluded at approximately 10:30 p.m. The concert will take place at the North Park Lawn.
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