Freedman to Run Sarrasin in U.S. Provided he can Determine Proper Day
Richard Freeman has sent Sarrasin to the U.S., where he made plans to run his stayer in the $US 12 million Group 1 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (2400 m) at New York’s Saratoga racetrack.
Freedman had intended to enter Sarrasin in the $US 150,000 Forbidden Apple Stakes (1600 m) at Belmont, New York, site of Justify’s recent Triple Crown triumph, but another race cropped up that seemed more appealing to Freedman.
“There’s a race this weekend at Belmont and the conditions are much more favourable,” Freedman said. “It’s open to horses that haven’t won more than $US 10,000 in stakes on two separate occasions or horses that haven’t won three races. “He’s only won twice, a Listed race and another race and he’s placed at Group II level.”
Sarrasin has raced at Rosehill and Randwick and one of his bigger claims to fame is having been beaten by Winx at Randwick in the Chelmsford Stakes on September of 2017, but the size of the claim is tiny, as many can claim the same.
Freedman provided us with a small measure of minor amusement when he said, “The weights came out in pounds so I’m not exactly sure what he’s got but it doesn’t seem a lot so I think he’s pretty well in.”
Freeman lists his base as Rosehill, which we believe has internet connectivity, so converting pounds to kilos is reasonably straight forward.
Freedman provided us with further amusement when saying, “The only thing about this race is they advertise the date as this weekend. They might run it on Saturday or Sunday. We’re led to believe they will run it on Saturday.”
The Yanks, however, are notoriously bad schedulers and Freedman’s dilemma is not assisted in any fashion by the International Dateline.
Sarrasin will be ridden by an Australian hoop, Regan Bayliss, who is in America to ride work and watch the Fourth of July fireworks, after which he will head to England and a reunion with Redkirk Warrior in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket.