Gary and Mary West's graded-stakes winning colt American Freedom has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career at Brereton and Elizabeth Jones's Airdrie Stud for the 2018 breeding season. A $500,000 September yearling purchase from the last crop of the influential sire Pulpit, the Bob Baffert trained American Freedom emerged as one of the top 3-year-olds in training in 2016 with runner-up finishes in both the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational and the Grade 1 Travers Stakes as well as dominant wins in the Grade III Iowa Derby and Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard. He retires with earnings in excess of $700,000.
Bred in Kentucky by Centaur Farms Inc. and consigned by Greenfield Farm, American Freedom was purchased by the Wests from the 2014 Keeneland September Sale. His $500,000 auction price represented the second highest yearling figure of all Pulpit yearlings of that year. Entering his Santa Anita debut with an already growing reputation, American Freedom registered a 98 Beyer Speed Figure with an impressive 7 furlong maiden score in 1:22 flat. In his third career start, American Freedom shipped east to take Pimlico's Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness undercard before returning with an effortless 4 ¾ length victory in the Grade III $250,000 Iowa Derby. He concluded his sophomore season with back to back runner-up efforts in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational and Grade 1 Travers Stakes, defeating fellow 3-year-old standouts Gun Runner (twice), Nyquist, Exaggerator and Connect.
“American Freedom is as good-looking as any stallion we've put in our stallion barn. He's absolutely, drop dead beautiful” said Airdrie's Brereton Jones. “On top of that, he showed he belonged in any conversation of last season's best three-year-olds by defeating the winners of the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and beating the great Gun Runner both times they met. Both Airdrie and the West family have committed to breed no less than 20 mares apiece to him in each of his first three years at stud because this horse deserves every opportunity to be special. We're betting big on American Freedom and we really believe we're on a winner.”
American Freedom will stand the 2018 breeding season for a stands and nurse stud fee of $10,000.
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