Setback For Jimmy Freight

Jimmy Freight
Published: July 19, 2022 02:59 pm EDT

Trot Insider has learned that star pacer Jimmy Freight has been sidelined with an injury that will keep him out of some upcoming stakes events that were originally on the millionaire's calendar.

Original plans for Jimmy Freight had the pacer aiming for this Saturday's Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial at Saratoga Casino Hotel, but the connections were forced to keep the speedster out of that event.

According to co-owner Adriano Sorella, the seven-year-old stallion suffered a laceration to his left front leg. The cut was handled by Dr. Patty Hogan, who told Sorella to expect a full recovery for his prized pupil now under the tutelage of trainer Brett Pelling. 

"I asked her straight forward and she said. 'He will be back to Jimmy. He will be fine,'" Sorella told Trot Insider. "All we are missing is the Gerrity and maybe the Pocono invite. The big deal was to have him ready for the Canadian Pacing Derby."

Sorella confirmed that the injury will only keep Jimmy Freight sidelined for a couple of weeks and he should be back on the racetrack in August.

"Brett said he trained like a monster the day before it happened. So that was a disappointment."

With a summary of 11-1-3 from 18 seasonal starts, Jimmy Freight is enjoying one of the best seasons of his career after returning to racing from his stallion duty. He took a lifetime mark of 1:48 in his most recent appearance, the 2022 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational. Since then, he's joined the stable of Pelling after a private sale that added a number of co-owners to the Jimmy Freight Stable of Boca Raton, Fl.



Jimmy wasn't entered in The Sam McKee at The Meadowlands on Hambo Day or The Dan Patch at Hoosier Park on 8/12. As things turned out, it's just as well that he wasn't.