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Freeman opens Del Mar meet with first and second, closes with third
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Issue 41, Volume 17.
"Overall it was very good," Freeman said of the meet.
The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes was the seventh race July 19 and was Freeman’s first race as a trainer during the Del Mar meet. He had two horses in that 5 1/2-furlong race for two-year-old fillies: Sprouts and Eddie’s Curl.
"I thought we had a good shot to win," Freeman said.
Sprouts, whose jockey was Mario Gutierrez, won the race in 1:05.01. Eddie’s Curl was ridden by Corey Nakatani and finished second, 1 1/2 lengths behind Sprouts and 3 3/4 lengths in front of third-place Say’s Who.
"To finish 1-2 in a stakes race at Del Mar is very special," Freeman said.
Sprouts and Eddie’s Curl are half-sisters; they were both sired by Square Eddie. Sprouts’ dam was Ann Summers Gold and Eddie’s Curl was foaled out of Girl in the Curl. J. Paul Reddam, whose horses include 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, is both the owner and breeder of Sprouts. Eddie’s Curl is owned by Reddam and Vessels Stallion Farm and was bred at Vessels Stallion Farm. The July 19 race was the second for Eddie’s Curl, who finished third in her June 28 debut at Hollywood Park, and the fourth for Sprouts, whose first-place finishes May 16 and June 15 at Hollywood Park followed her fifth-place debut April 26 at Hollywood Park.
Eddie’s Curl finished seventh in an August 3 race at Del Mar. Sprouts and Eddie’s Curl both raced August 31 at Del Mar; Eddie’s Curl was in the seventh race and Sprouts was in the ninth race. Eddie’s Curl took second in the six-furlong race forCalifornia-bred or California-sired two-year-old fillies who had not previously won a race, finishing 1 1/4 lengths in back of winner Stole a Kiss and 5 1/2 lengths ahead of third-place Swissarella.
"She’s still a little bit green. She’s still learning how to run," Freeman said.
Stole a Kiss finished third in the August 3 race. "I think if she (Eddie’s Curl) ran against the winner a few times we’d win our share of those races," Freeman said.
Sprouts competed in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante stakes race. She was third among the eight horses a quarter of a mile into the seven-furlong race and was also third after half a mile, but she weakened near the end of the race and finished last.
"She should have run better than that," Freeman said. "I thought we had a shot to be third. Our getting last, that was a bit disappointing."
Sprouts finished 14 3/4 lengths behind winner She’s a Tiger and 7 3/4 lengths in back of seventh-place Awesome Baby.
Freeman wasn’t ready to declare that Sprouts was overmatched until he determines whether Sprouts was hampered by an undetected injury.
"That might be part of it. That’s a difficult call until we prove it one way or another," he said.
There were no visible signs of injury following the race.
"She came out of the race okay," Freeman said.
Freeman will not race Sprouts again until he is certain of her medical fitness.
"We’ll just make sure she’s okay," he said.
Eddie’s Curl will likely run her next race at the Santa Anita Park meet.
Freeman also trains Excessive Tequila, a three-year-old gelding owned by Elliot Kohn and Weila Ye. Excessive Tequila, whose debut March 3 at Santa Anita produced an 11th-place finish, was fourth in the eighth race August 2 at Del Mar. Excessive Tequila ran again at Del Mar in the second race Sept. 1 and finished third in the 6 1/2-furlong race for three-year-olds and upward.
"He’s just learning," Freeman said.
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