Cost of Freedom seeks to become the first horse to win
consecutive runnings of the Los Angeles Handicap when the race is run for the 59th
time on Memorial Day, but it won’t be easy.
Photo: Hollywood Park
The venerable California-bred 8-year-old gelding will be
challenged by two other formidable Cal-breds, M One Rifle and Amazombie, in the
Grade III test at six furlongs.
Cost of Freedom led all the way to win the race in 1:08.49
last year and give trainer John Sadler a record fifth win in the sprint. M One
Rifle faded to fourth last year but defeated Cost of Freedom by one-half length
in the Cool Frenchy Stakes May 7 in track-record time of 55.98 for five
furlongs. M One Rifle is trained by Bruce Headley, a three-time Los Angeles winner whose
Street Boss set a track record of 1:07.55 winning the race in 2008.
Amazombie, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Bill Spawr, has
emerged as the new kid on the block in recent months, including victories in
the Grade II Potrero Grande and Tiznow stakes in his last two outings.
Chantal Sutherland will be back aboard M One Rifle while
Mike Smith has the call on Amazombie. Other probable starters include Gato Go
Win (Garrett Gomez) and Supreme Summit (Rafael Bejarano).
Possibles include Camp
Victory and Indian
Firewater, who worked five furlongs in a bullet 59.60 Sunday.
The only horse to win the Los Angeles twice was Native Diver, in 1965