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Force Freeze Dazzles in GP Sprint

Force Freeze, with Paco LopezAfter losing a couple of tough grade I races at the end of last season, Force Freeze served notice that he will be one of the top sprinters in 2012 with a dominating performance in the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship (gr. II) (VIDEO) on Feb. 18.

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The 7-year-old gelding notched the first graded stakes victory of his career when scoring by 3 3/4 lengths in a sparkling final time of 1:20.71 on the fast dirt. The time was just two-fifths of a second off the track record. And the ease in which the son of Forest Camp did it was equally as impressive, as he toyed with a pretty good field of sprinters. Paco Lopez guided the 4-5 favorite to the win.

Force Freeze is owned by Saeed Naser Al Romaithi and is trained by Peter Walder. He ended 2011 by finishing second by a half-length in the Oct. 1 Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont and missing by a neck in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Dixiana Stables bred the winner, who is out of the It’s Freezing mare Antifreeze.

Force Freeze broke well from the outside post and received the perfect setup, as he followed closely behind pacesetter Amanecer de Oro for a half mile. The opening fractions were quick–:22.18 and :44.18. But Force Freeze was well in hand when he rolled by the pacesetter on the turn, and opened up a commanding advantage at the top of the stretch.

Troilus, a winner of three straight races, was his closest pursuer, and grade I winner Capt. Candyman Can was making his late run on the inside. But they never got close to Force Freeze, who coasted to the wire with the biggest win of his career.

Troilus and Elvis Trujillo settled for second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Capt. Candyman Can.

After beginning his career in the United States, Force Freeze spent all of 2009-2010, and the first part of 2011 racing in Dubai where he won three times. He was returned to the U.S. last summer and was placed in the barn of Walder, who promptly sent him out to a decisive four-length victory in the Teddy Drone Stakes at Monmouth on July 31. The narrow grade I defeats followed that.

“I had so much confidence in my horse. He’s just so fast,” Lopez said. “I worked him a couple times and he worked unbelievable. I thought he would be able to go the extra distance. When I rode him at Monmouth last year he was so wide he ran much farther than six furlongs that day. He’s so fast out of the gate. I was able to get perfect position. He was going so easily and when I asked him he just ran even faster.”

This latest victory improved Force Freeze’s record to 8-4-3 from 22 career starts and upped his earnings to $853,719.

“It set up great. He came out of there and he was standing straight up in the saddle and thank God somebody went and he sat. They really picked it up; :44 and just off the track record,” Walder said. “The Breeders’ Cup is the Breeders’ Cup. There’s only one way to erase that, and that’s by winning it. This is the first step.”

Force Freeze paid $3.60, $2.60, and $2.20. The exacta (8-6) returned $15 and the trifecta (8-6-2) was worth $40.60.

Force Freeze pulls away in Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship

FORCE FREEZE WINS GULFSTREAM PARK SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP STAKESForce Freeze opened his seven-year-old season in grand fashion as he took command on the turn under Paco Lopez and drew away to a 3 ¾-length victory on Saturday in the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship Stakes (G2).

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Trained by Peter Walder for owner Saeed Naser al Romaithi, the Forest Camp gelding snapped a two-start winless skid dating to last July, that included runner-up finishes in the Vosburgh Invitational Stakes (G1) and the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).

“It’s great to win this race here,” Walder said. “The people at Gulfstream Park have always been great to me. [Gulfstream President] Timmy Ritvo’s great.

“I’ve been coming here a long time and it means a lot to win this race at Gulfstream Park. But the Breeders’ Cup is the Breeders’ Cup. There’s only one way to erase that, and that’s by winning it. This is the first step.”

Force Freeze hustled out of the gate quickly and settled just off pacesetter Amanecer de Oro on the outside in second in the eight-horse field. He took charge on the turn and drew clear through the stretch for the victory, covering seven furlongs in 1:20.71 for his first career graded stakes triumph.

“I had so much confidence in my horse,” Lopez said. “He’s just so fast. I worked him a couple times and he worked unbelievable. I thought he would be able to go the extra distance. He’s so fast out of the gate. I was able to get perfect position. He was going so easily and when I asked him he just ran even faster.”

Troilus rallied three wide into the lane under jockey Elvis Trujillo to finish second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Grade 1 winner Capt. Candyman Can in third.

“I told [Lopez] when you do make your move— if you end up getting the stalking trip we want—make it decisively. Don’t hesitate; just put them away. You’re the heavyweight champ and just knock them out.”

Force Freeze won for the eighth time from 22 starts with four seconds, three thirds, and $853,719 in earnings during five seasons on the track. Bred in Kentucky by Dixiana Stables, he is one of ten winners from as many starters out of the stakes-winning It’s Freezing mare Antifreeze, who is a half brother to multiple stakes winner Barber.

Paco Lopez wins the G2 Gulfstream Park Sprint on Force Freeze

Force Freeze, with Paco LopezHALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Force Freeze answered the seven-furlong question and took the first step towards helping trainer Peter Walder erase the bitter memory of his near-miss in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with an easy and very impressive 3 3/4-length victory over Troilus in Saturday’s $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship.

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Force Freeze, making his first start since being beaten a neck by Eclipse Award winner Amazombie in the BC Sprint, got a perfect trip after breaking on the lead from his outside post in the Gulfstream Sprint Championship. Force Freeze rated kindly for jockey Pace Lopez while stalking the pace of long shot Amanecer de Oro, took command under confident handling approaching the stretch, edged clear, then easily withstood a gallant try from Troilus.

Force Freeze ($3.60) completed the distance in 1:20.71 over the fast track, just .26 of a second off the track record set by Hilda’s Passion here 11 months ago.

Troilus, who entered the GP Sprint riding a three-race winning streak, raced well placed between horses, took a run at the winner entering the stretch, proved no match but remained 1 1/4 lengths clear of Capt. Candyman Can to finish second in his stakes debut.

Simba’s Story, Decisive Moment, Amanecer de Oro, Dixie Slam, and Bold Warrior completed the order of finish.

“The race set up great,” said Walder who trains Force Freeze for owner Saeed Naser Al Romaithi. “He came out of there and Paco was standing straight up in the saddle and thank God somebody went and he sat. I told him when you do make your move do it decisively. Don’t hesitate, just put them away. You’re the heavyweight champ, just knock them out.”

Walder said winning this race was great, but there’s only one way to completely erase the memory of the 2011 Breeders’ Cup.

“It’s great to win this race here. The people at Gulfstream Park have been great to me over the years,” said Walder. “But the Breeders’ Cup is the Breeders’ Cup, and the only way to erase that is by winning it this year. This is the first step.”

Walder said Force Freeze will make his next start in the seven furlong, Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap on May 5, Kentucky Derby day.

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