Anthony is the third eldest of racing’s famous Freedman brothers. He has been in integral part of the vast Freedman Racing operation since the mid-1980s.
After Anthony completed Year 12 at Canberra Grammar, he joined his brothers Lee and Richard, as an assistant, at Warwick Farm in 1983. He was part of the move to Melbourne, training out of Flemington, in 1984.
Lee held the licence but the brothers worked as a team. A few years later, youngest brother, Michael, join the team.
Late in 1992, Anthony pioneered the Freedman brothers’ first foray interstate, when he opened a stable at Randwick. In that first year in Sydney, Anthony (under Lee’s licence) prepared Bint Marscay to win the 1993 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill.
Anthony, who has a keen eye for a yearling, is heavily involved in the yearling sale inspection process. It was Anthony who selected and bought Naturalism as a yearling for only $35,000. And he also selected Mummify ($60,000) and True Glo ($40,000) out of the Adelaide Sales.
When Freedman’s moved to Markdel, Anthony worked in partnership with Lee – specialising in the development of the two-year-olds – until Lee decided to hand in his licence in August 2011. Freedman Racing had produced 124 Group 1 winners, starting with Miss Clipper, who won the first in 1986. The record included five Melbourne Cups, four Caulfield Cups, four Golden Slippers, two Cox Plates, eight Derbys, 11 Oaks, three Newmarket Handicaps and seven Victorian Metropolitan Trainer’s Premierships.
Anthony has been head trainer since the start of the 2011-2012 season, and almost gave the brothers their sixth Melbourne Cup winner when Lucas Cranach finished a game third in the 2011 Melbourne Cup behind Dunaden.
Anthony trained his first official Group 1 winner when Mawingo won the 2012 Doomben Cup at Doomben, in Brisbane, on May 19. He finished his first season as trainer at Markdel with the impressive record of 40 city winners (49 provincial), four Group wins and eight Listed wins at the healthy strike rate of 15.6 per cent.
Anthony formed Anthony Freedman Racing at the start of the 2012-2013 racing season and since then has trained over 400 winners. Anthony was re-joined by Lee in partnership in 2014 for four seasons before Lee departed for Singapore.
Anthony is married to Melissa. They have three children, Charlie, Matilda and Sam.
Sam is the youngest son of Anthony. He has grown up around the stable and has a strong passion for the horse racing industry. After completing his secondary and tertiary education, Sam travelled to England to play cricket. During his time overseas, Sam spent two years working for leading European trainer Roger Varian as his pupil assistant. At Varians, Sam was fortunate enough to work closely with leading international galloper Postponed as well as other Group 1 winners Belardo, Ajman Princess, Sheikha Reika and Ajman Princess.
Sam returned to Australia in October 2017 to re-join his father’s stable bringing with a wealth of knowledge from his time overseas and an eagerness to continue building on what he has learnt. Sam brings fresh ideas to the business as well as enthusiasm to build on the success of the stable.
Sam joined his father in a training partnership at the beginning of the 2020-21 racing season and celebrated his first winner at Sale on August 13 with Criminal.