Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
Trainer Tom Albertrani remains mystified by the second straight dull performance of Freedom Child, who ran last of 10 in Saturday's Jim Dandy.
one of those things you can't figure out," Albertrani said Sunday
morning. "[Jockey Luis Saez] said he was traveling great until about the
time he needed him to go, and he just never responded."
front-running winner of the Grade 2 Peter Pan at Belmont Park on May
11, Freedom Child was 13th of 14 in the Belmont Stakes. In the Jim
Dandy, he ran third behind Moreno and Palace Malice for six furlongs
before dropping back, beaten 32 ½ lengths.
know for a fact that he doesn't like it hot too much. He never trained
well in the heat, so I don't know if that was a factor or not,"
Albertrani said. "We'll just regroup, breeze him a couple of times and
see. Nothing really surfaced, so we don't know. It's almost like you'd
rather find a little explanation so you can fix it.
way he was acting in the paddock ... it looked like he was really on
his toes. We'll just have to start all over again. It's all we can do."