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Freedom Child comes into his own after slow start in Camden
Kirkwood Stables grad to run in Belmont Stakes
FREEDOM CHILD FLIES OVER the dirt at Belmont Park during an early week work in preparation for Saturdays $1 million Belmont Stakes. - photo by Photo courtesy NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Had he been a human athlete, Freedom Child would have been that gangly young boy who grew so quickly that he would trip over his own feet while running.How times have changed.When Freedom Child first came to Kip Elser’s Kirkwood Stables in Camden, he was hardly a horse which had Triple Crown potential stamped under his lip. Rather, the chestnut ridgling was that kid who drew more stares than raves.Shipped to Camden in November of 2011 --- after a stop in Delaware in order to qualify for residency in that state --- as a yearling, Freedom Child joined the first crop of yearlings Kirkwood was to develop for client West Point Thoroughbred (WPT.) That string arrived some two months earlier. The son of Malibu Moon --- a favorite sire of WPT founder and President Terry Finley --- has now advanced his way into Saturday’s 145th running of the Belmont Stakes.