The only North American sire of Grade 1-winning millionaires on dirt (SHARP AZTECA - $2,406,740) and turf (FOURSTAR CROOK - $1,624,566) standing outside of Kentucky, five-time leading New York sire FREUD picked up his 64th, 65th, and 66th stakes winners during December in California, Argentina, and Louisiana, respectively. Freud in 2018 was represented by 11 stakes winners (eight in North America, three in South America) of 19 stakes events, including three Grade/Group 1 contests and three Grade/Group 2 contests, plus two stakes records. In addition to having been a five-time leading New York sire, Freud has led all sires in the Northeast in four of the past five years, including the last three.
Freud’s Sharp Azteca, who raced for Ivan Rodriguez’s Gelfenstein Farm in addition to Ron Paolucci’s Loooch Racing Stables, Inc., Ashley Quartarolo, and Martin Scharf; and Fourstar Crook, who raced for Michael Dubb, Michael J. Caruso’s Bethlehem Stables, and Gary Aisquith, both have transitioned into seven-figure-value breeding prospects. Sharp Azteca, one of the fastest dirt milers of his generation, has entered stud at Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky for a $10,000 fee. Fourstar Crook, who had a spirited rivalry with a likely Eclipse Champion (beating her at Belmont, where Fourstar Crook on October 7 won the Grade 1 Flower Bowl by two lengths), brought $1.5-million as a not-bred racing/broodmare prospect at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s November sale despite representing her dam’s only black type.
Scoring her second consecutive Group 1 tally on October 6 was another daughter of Freud, 3-year-old Argentine-bred SUMMER LOVE, who won the Gran Premio Seleccion at 2,000 meters (about 1¼ miles) on dirt before 30,000 fans at Palermo in Buenos Aires. A homebred for La Leyenda Stable, Summer Love had captured the Group 1 Gran Premio Polla de Potrancas (Argentine One Thousand Guineas) at 1,600 meters (about a mile) on Palermo dirt by four lengths on September 1. She has three wins in four starts.
Freud’s latest Argentine-bred group winner in the Buenos Aires area is his son MUCHA CHANCE, who on December 27 won the Group 2 Clasico Clausura at 2,000 meters on dirt at La Plata by an open margin as the favorite among 12 from the outside post. Owned by DAP Stable and holder of La Plata’s 2,000-meter dirt track record (2:01.23) since late 2017, Mucha Chance also has won at 1,600 meters on turf and dirt (in 1:33-flat by six lengths at Palermo on November 16) and at 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) on dirt.
Freud’s North American December stakes winners were Craig Drago’s JUST STORMIN ($246,355), who won Delta Downs’ black type B-Connected Stakes at a mile on dirt against nine rivals on December 29, and Scott Herbertson’s PYSCHO SISTER ($185,790), who captured Golden Gate Fields’ black type Miss America Stakes on December 8. Freud’s son Just Stormin has won at four different distances, and Delta Downs was the 31st track at which Freud’s runners have won stakes. Freud’s daughter Pyscho Sister, who won the Miss America by three lengths against eight going 1 1/16 miles on an all-weather track, also has tallied four times on turf and missed narrowly to a favored rival in a black type stakes on turf.
Freud’s 2018 Saratoga turf stakes winners were THERAPIST ($372,800), who scored his fifth black type tally by 5½ lengths under top weight at a mile, and LA MONEDA ($372,969), who captured Saratoga’s $156,075 Yaddo in that event’s second-fastest 1 1/16-mile time ever (1:40.49) in her stakes debut. Therapist, a May-foaled just-turned 4-year-old colt bred and owned by Oak Bluff Stables, also has won stakes at Belmont (twice), Gulfstream, and Laurel. La Moneda, a homebred daughter of Freud owned by Patricia L. Moseley, placed second among 14 in a graded turf stakes at Gulfstream on December 15.
In addition to Summer Love, another Argentine-bred Freud 3-year-old prominent in Group 1 company is Dona Licha Stable’s CRAZY FREUD, who placed second among 14 in the Group 1 Derby Nacional at 2,400 meters (about a mile and a half) on dirt at Monterrico in Peru on November 11. A first-out winner at 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) on dirt as a 2-year-old (on Southern Hemisphere breeding schedule) in April, the stretch-running colt won his turf debut at Monterrico (in Lima) on December 15, beating eight rivals at 2,000 meters in 2:01.36.
Another of Freud’s versatile Argentine-bred Peruvian standouts is Dona Licha Stable’s FIORAVANTTI, who has four wins on dirt and three on turf at six different distances at Monterrico, including back-to-back three-length turf tallies a week apart in November at 1,500 meters (about 1 15/16 miles) and 1,800 meters. The son of Freud is multiple listed stakes-placed on Monterrico dirt at 1,600 meters.
Usually, Southern Hemisphere-foaled juveniles in South America make their first starts in the new calendar year, but Argentine-bred 2-year-old Freud filly DONA MILHOJAS (foaled 9-6-16) debuted victoriously on December 23 at Argentina’s premier San Isidro track near Buenos Aires at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on turf. A homebred for San Benito Stable, Dona Milhojas was favored among eight starters but broke awkwardly, veering immediately to her right and starting off dead last. She was third entering the final furlong but forged ahead in her finishing strides.
Freud’s other 2018 North American stakes winners include OUR BRAINTRUST ($166,640), a just-turned 3-year-old co-owned by trainer Cathal A. Lynch and Stanton J. Smith Jr. and winner of Belmont’s 5½-furlong Tremont Stakes in his second career start last June. Given time to recover from bucked shins, Our Braintrust returned to place second in both Laurel’s Maryland Juvenile Futurity (run in a stakes record 1:21.91 for seven furlongs) on December 8 and Aqueduct’s listed Jerome (mile) Stakes (behind a favored Grade 1 winner) on New Year’s Day. Freud’s stakes-winning BAVARO ($232,305) scored five of his seven career victories by margins totaling more than 21 lengths in 2018 for owner-trainer Jeremiah C. Englehart, the latest a 4¼-length romp against eight six-figure-earners going six furlongs at Aqueduct in December. Going four-for-four in 2018 was Freud’s PRINCESS DREAM ($178,039), who won Suffolk Downs’ six-furlong Isadorable Stakes and one-mile First Episode Stakes – both on dirt, the latter under top weight of 127 – in June and July and the George Brown Memorial Turf Mile Stakes (her turf debut) against males in August. Princess Dream is among many Freud homebreds racing for Patricia L. Moseley.
Placing second in stakes to earn first black type credentials were Freud’s MUNCHKIN MONEY ($231,070) in her stakes debut in Belmont’s $129,188 John Hettinger in September and Saratoga turf-winning Freud juvenile ANALYZETHISANDTHAT in Aqueduct’s $100,000 Notebook at six furlongs on a muddy track in November. Munchkin Money, who has turf victories at four different distances between six furlongs and 1 1/16 miles at Saratoga, Belmont, and Aqueduct for Newport Stables LLC, showed a strong closing kick in the 1 1/8-mile Hettinger on grass. Analyzethisandthat, Joseph Birnbaum’s homebred, was the second of Freud’s 2-year-old winning sons of 2018 to gain black type. Freud’s son DR. SHANE ($504,987), a two-length stakes winner on dirt, scored his second near course-record turf sprint victory of 2018 for owner Daniel J. Feiss in a six-furlong Aqueduct open allowance in November, clocking 1:08.15 under top weight. Freud’s three-time stakes-placed NOBLE FREUD ($214,370), a graded-placed filly as a 3-year-old and a winner on Oaklawn Park dirt and Saratoga turf, won again for Head of Plains Partners LLC in a six-furlong Aqueduct allowance optional in December, beating seven rivals from the outside post.
Freud’s other allowance winners that tallied in the second half of 2018, listed chronologically, included:
BEYOND THE GREEN ($220,608), racing for Wanda Polisseni’s My Purple Haze Stables LLC, won Finger Lakes open allowance co-feature at a mile and 70 yards with his 5¾-length romp at odds-on, July 19.
SOL THE FREUD ($342,504), racing for Ashley Racing Stable, beat odds-on stakes-placed runner-up by daylight at equal weights on Monmouth dirt – at six furlongs in his first start off 192-day layoff, July 29.
J J’S DREAMING ($135,387), homebred for Maggie Seidman’s Seidman Stables LLC, he romped by eight over odds-on runner-up (by $110,000-fee sire) in 1 1/8-mile Saratoga allowance on wet dirt, August 8.
CRAZY LOVE ($126,625), racing for owner-trainer M. Anthony Ferraro, black type stakes-placed as a juvenile, she won by 12 lengths at 1-to-2 while going a mile and 40 yards at Finger Lakes, September 13.
E J’S LEGACY ($181,214), racing for Thomas Viverito, multiple turf winner (and close dirt stakes runner-up at Aqueduct), he won Finger Lakes’ open allowance feature at a mile and 40 yards, September 20.
FREUD’S AFFAIR ($172,067), racing for co-breeder and occasional trainer Christopher Progno, he beat eight under co-top weight in six-furlong Aqueduct allowance for third dirt win of 2018, November 9.
CEREBRAL ($182,176), racing for Darren Viands, he won three-turn, 1 1/8-mile feature at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town by 4½ lengths at odds-on among eight – his fifth win of 2018 – December 12.
Freud’s other 2018 winners since mid-August, also listed chronologically, included:
MR. FREUD ($166,018), for J.S.R. Stable, Inc., Presque Isle Downs, six furlongs, Tapeta, August 14.
SEEKING THE SUNSET, for owner-trainer Derrick A. Parram, Laurel, 1 1/16 miles, turf, August 16.
GEAR JAMMER, new six-figure-earner for Establo Dora Alta, at Camarero (P.R.), 6½ furlongs, August 17.
MENTAL ICEBERG ($168,710), for owner-trainer Joshua Langley, Mountaineer, mile and 70, August 19.
FREUDIAN FALL, for George J. Kerr, by four lengths at Gulfstream, 1 1/16 miles, sloppy dirt, August 25.
JET BLACK ($271,379), for Yellow Moon Stable and John G. Novello, Parx, mile and 70, dirt, August 26.
COSMIC DREAMS, for Ron (trainer) and Regine Olson, Grande Prairie, six furlongs, dirt, August 26.
TRES CHARMANT, homebred for TLC Thoroughbreds, Saratoga, 5½ furlongs (1:02.51), turf, August 29.
CITY DR, for owner-trainer M. Anthony Ferraro, Presque Isle Downs, mile and 70, Tapeta, September 2.
FREUDLAND, for Catch Me If You Can Stables, Penn National, 5½ furlongs, dirt, September 22.
MORGAN’S Z VA, homebred for Joseph L. Maloney, Presque Isle Downs, six furlongs, Tapeta, October 3.
CARRY YOUR HEELS, for Five C’s/Lawrence Racing Stables, Penn National, six furlongs, dirt, October 25.
ROXHAM, for Douglas J. Reddington, Woodbine, seven furlongs, Polytrack, November 7.
COLONEL ANDY, new six-figure-earner, for Joseph R. Stone, Laurel, 5½ furlongs, dirt, November 8.
JAZZY JUDER, for Dubb, Sheep Pond Partners, Bethlehem Stable, Laurel, 5½ furlongs, dirt, November 11.
JOEY B, for James Keith Ollison, Turfway Park, 1 1/16 miles, Polytrack, December 8.
The following offspring of Freud broke their maidens in the second half of 2018, listed chronologically:
TEN EYCK, homebred for Paul Regan’s Upland Farm, Belmont, 1 1/16 miles, yielding turf, July 15.
THIRD CARD DOWN, for Happy Face Racing Stable, Saratoga, six furlongs, dirt, August 20.
SADIE LADY, 2yo for Dennis Narlinger in maiden special debut, Belmont, six furlongs, dirt, September 20.
J C S STAR, homebred for John Caputo, Finger Lakes open maiden special, six furlongs, October 6.
GENTLE ANNIE, for Michael A. Henning, Belmont, six furlongs, dirt, October 8.
SMILES FROM SADIE, for Rudy Rodriguez and Michael Imperio, Belmont, 1 1/16 miles, dirt, October 13.
GOOD OLD BOY, for William J. Butler, Belmont, seven furlongs, yielding turf, October 17.
TIME EXPIRED, homebred for Sunny Meadow Farm, Belmont, 1 1/16 miles, good turf, October 18.
LOST IN MANHATTAN, 2yo for Midwest Thoroughbreds, Aqueduct, six furlongs, good dirt, November 3.
ADORABLE SONG, for Lanes Mark Racing Stable, Aqueduct, mile, dirt, November 4.
Freud’s other Argentine-bred 2018 South American winners since mid-August include, chronologically:
FROHE, racing for Las Delicias Stable, he scored second victory of 2018 at La Plata in August, drawing off to win by six lengths against 12 rivals going 1,600 meters on dirt.
VICTORINO, racing for Queen Debiss Stable, he has won against nine rivals at 2,000 meters on dirt at both La Plata and San Isidro, most recently by five lengths at San Isidro in late August.
SOUTH PROSPECT, racing for Isla Surena Stable, he scored his second Palermo win of 2018 in late August, beating eight sprint rivals going 1,200 meters and clocking 1:09.67 despite being carried wide.
GOING FREE, homebred racing for La Pesadilla Stable, she won second and third starts in June and September at Palermo at 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt after placing second in debut.
RACCONTO, racing for La Fragole Stable, he was a juvenile winner going 1,400 meters on Palermo dirt in 2017 and won against eight rivals going 1,600 meters on San Isidro turf in September.
SERVUS, racing for El Sureno Stable, he was favored at 2,000 meters on dirt against nine rivals at La Plata in late September and came from off the pace to score his third victory and first route tally.
INTERFREUD, racing for Las Sedas Stable, he scored his second victory by three lengths at 1,200 meters (in 1:09.88) on Palermo dirt in October despite breaking from extreme outside post among 11 starters.
INTRATABLE FREUD, talented filly racing for Los Cozacos Stable has three wins (two turf, one dirt) and three seconds, including a Group 2 placing on wet turf, in seven starts (once fourth) and won 1,600-meter turf contests 27 days apart at San Isidro in September and October.
LA SUBLIME, homebred filly for El Catorce Stable won debut by more than a dozen lengths, placed second in next start (both at straightaway 1,000 meters), and won third start by 2¾ lengths at 1,300 meters (about 6½ furlongs) around a turn – all within a 43-day span on Monterrico dirt.
AKI MIRAME, racing for El Zonda Stable, she has six wins – five on dirt following turf tally in second start – including two-length November score over group-placed runner-up going 1,200 meters at San Isidro.
STRABONE, racing for Adeodato Stable, he won by seven lengths from outside post among ten starters going 1,600 meters on San Isidro dirt in late November – his second victory of current racing season.
DON RAYITO, homebred for San Benito Stable, he won first two starts on turf at San Isidro and Palermo – both at 1,600 meters against 11 rivals – in October and November respectively, the latter in 1:32.66.
CRISTOFORO COLOMBO, racing for San Jose de Ecuador Stable, he won at 1,200 meters on San Isidro turf and Palermo dirt in 2018 – the latter by three lengths in November – and is listed stakes-placed.
VISEES FREUDE, homebred for Chimpay Stable, she has won twice against ten rivals on San Isidro dirt during 2018-2019 racing season – at 1,100 meters (about 5½ furlongs) and 1,200 meters (December 12).
PALOMERO, he scored latest victory for To-No-Go Stable, winning by 2½ lengths from outside post among 12 starters going 1,400 meters on San Isidro dirt on December 19.
FONSO FREUD, homebred for Identic Stable, he won three 1,000-meter dirt sprints at Hipodromo Chile in Santiago in 2018 – the latest by four and two lengths against 11 rivals, November 1 and December 20.
FREUD MORO, racing for Kevin-Alexis Stable since 2017, he has won five races on dirt at four different distances, most recently by 2½ lengths against ten rivals going 1,500 meters at La Plata on December 27.
Freud’s following Argentine-breds broke their maidens in Argentina, August through December 2018:
FREUDINHO, homebred for El Tatu Stable, he beat nine by 2½, San Isidro dirt, 1,200 meters, August 3.
BRUNITO, racing for E.A.B. Stable, he beat 11 by five in debut, La Plata dirt, 1,100 meters, August 30.
SOSEGADO, racing for Pachu Stable, he beat eight going 1,000 meters on La Plata dirt, September 11.
SYLVIE GUILLEM, racing for Parchment Stable, she beat 12, 2,000 meters, San Isidro turf, September 23.
VIVAN LOS LOCOS, racing for Difo Firmat Stable, he beat 12, 1,000 meters, Palermo dirt, September 24.
ELECTRIC START, racing for Las 3 Semillas Stable, he beat 12, 1,400 meters, Palermo dirt, October 8.
PIPI DON, racing for Juanito’s Stable, he beat nine at 1,200 meters, San Isidro turf, 1:09.10, October 27.
SALVATORE PRIMO, racing for July 9 Stable, he won by three, 1,200 meters, Palermo dirt, November 26.
NUTELA, racing Al Aljibe Stable, she won by two against ten, 1,100 meters, San Isidro dirt, December 5.
CANDY FREUD, racing for Pergamino Stable, she beat 12 at 1,400 meters, San Isidro dirt, December 12.
HERMOSA LOCA, for Miguel and Gabriel Stable, she beat 13, 1,400 meters, San Isidro turf, December 15.
DISNEY JUNIOR, racing for Agus Stable, he beat 13, 1,300 meters, Azul dirt (Buenos Aires), December 16.