Graded Stakes Winner American Freedom To Stand At Airdrie Stud

by | 09.08.2017 | 4:12pm
American Freedom wins the Iowa Derby

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.

  • Ida Lee

    Beat all 3 Classic winners and Gun Runner among others….and daddy is Pulpit …..and he’s drop dead gorgeous ….. I’m sold …..have a wonderful 2nd career American Freedom….BTW does anyone know why he’s being retired? would it kill to have the reason on the Press Release?? I guess it

    • Erin Casseday

      The article on BH doesn’t really give a reason either, but it does state that he was sidelined after the Travers last year and was off the board in his two races this year. But that doesn’t really tell us much.

      • Blue Larkspur

        ya won’t ever know, either …

        • Bella

          Baffert trained, right!

      • Ida Lee

        I don’t understand an article reporting a premature retirement of a high-profile horse without giving a reason …. just saying ….

      • te6000

        Every race he runs without a win after the 2016 season hurts his stud value. The last two races this year did not show well, so retire him now. Same discussion is going on about Arrogate I am sure. Only difference is that Arrogate could run “his” race and win one of the huge races coming up late this fall.

  • Blue Larkspur

    “…dominant wins in the Grade III Iowa Derby and Sir Barton Stakes …”
    If he had ANY other trainer than sneaky Bob, he would be a regional sire …
    good luck to the poor horse!

  • greg

    Another Baffert “champ” with the longevity of Ice Cream in the summer

    • Blue Larkspur

      wins in the Iowa Derby and Sir Barton … from any other trainer, would be standing in Indiana

  • vortex

    Saw him at the farm…………total stunner. Big, correct, athletic with great bone and balance. Watched all his races and was competitive in all but the last 2 and in with the big boys too. First foals will be the surprise of 2019 breeding stock sales and flying under the radar right now since his retirement is not recent. Physical reminds me of Uncle Mo but with more bone.

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