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10-Year-Old Cost Of Freedom Achieves Millionaire Status With Victory
The 10-year-old gelding Cost of Freedom became a millionaire Friday at Golden Gate Fields when he captured the first race, a 5 1/2-furlong dash for $10,000 claimers.
Cost of Freedom led from start to finish and crossed the wire 3 1/4 lengths in front of even-money favorite Worldly Lad in 1:03.70. The victory in the $13,000 race was worth $7,800 and boosted Cost of Freedom’s career earnings to $1,007,509.
Cost of Freedom, claimed in April for $12,500 by trainer Genaro Vallejo, competed in major stakes in Southern California from 2008-2011.
While under the tutelage of trainer John Sadler, Cost of Freedom won five stakes, including three graded events – the Grade 1 Ancient Title at Santa Anita in 2008, the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2010, and the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood at Hollywood in 2010.
Cost of Freedom has won three races this year – a pair of $12,500 claimers and Friday’s $10,000 claimer. A California-bred son of Cee’s Tizzy, Cost of Freedom has 15 victories, 10 seconds and six thirds in 44 career starts.
Cost of Freedom returned to the Vallejo barn after his latest win as nobody put in a claim for the veteran. Those that backed Cost of Freedom at the betting windows received $9.40, $3.20 and $2.20 across the board.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 1:15 p.m