Scratched from Belmont’s graded Soaring Softly Stakes when that seven-furlong event came off the turf, 3-year-old FREUD filly MENTALITY turned in her own stakes-caliber performance a week later in a $65,000 seven-furlong Belmont allowance for fillies and mares on May 26, beating 10 rivals at near even money in 1:20.82. Owned by Lindy Farms, Mentality became Freud’s latest six-figure-earner and highlighted a parade of 15 winners of 16 races in North and South America representing current leading New York sire Freud during May. Mentality, a full sister to Freud’s undefeated multiple stakes-winning (on dirt) daughter LOVELY SYN ($202,200), in her most recent previous start (April 15) had finished less than a length short of winning a six-figure stakes for open 3-year-old fillies on Aqueduct turf.
Winning open allowance sprints at Finger Lakes were stakes-winning Freud colt BAVARO ($176,540) at 4½ furlongs on May 5 and at 5½ furlongs on May 24 and multiple open allowance-winning Freud filly DAVID’S ELAINE at five furlongs on May 15. Bavaro, who races for owner-trainer Jeremiah C. Englehart, romped by 3¾ lengths under top weight from the outside post among six as “clearly best” in his earlier outing and scored by 3½ lengths under co-top weight against seven rivals 19 days later in Finger Lakes’ feature. He was odds-on in both contests. David’s Elaine, a homebred racing for David E. Ahearn, won her 2018 debut off a 201-day layoff as the youngest starter in Finger Lakes’ feature, overtaking the odds-on front-running runner-up at equal weights to boost her record to four wins in seven starts.
Breaking their maidens in May were Freud’s runners OUR BRAINTRUST (Freud’s first 2-year-old starter of 2018) at Laurel Park, May 3; GUY AMERICAN DREAM at Belmont, May 13; VITA LUNA at Emerald Downs in Washington state, May 20; and C U IN THE CIRCLE at Penn National, May 26. Our Braintrust, a May-foaled 2-year-old Maryland-bred owned by Lynch Racing LLC and Smith Farm and Stable, out-broke eight rivals in a $54,160 Laurel Park open maiden special at 4½ furlongs, stalked in fourth place, then took command and held off a son of North America’s second-leading sire. Guy American Dream, a son of Freud racing for Guyana Rocky LLC, was the youngest among eight (only May-foaled 3-year-old) going 6½ furlongs in Belmont mud and won by daylight. Vita Luna, a New York-bred daughter of Freud racing on the West Coast for owner-trainer Edwin C. Cornier, beat eight rivals at six furlongs, including the favored runner-up despite spotting that rival four pounds. C U in the Circle, a 3-year-old son of Freud racing for Rock Bottom Ranch, was odds-on among six in his six-furlong victorious outing.
In South America, Freud’s veteran sons MY LITTLE FREUD, FIORAVANTTI, MR. CONNERY, and PARSIFAL won on dirt on May 22, 25, and 31 respectively. My Little Freud, racing for Juan Martin Stable, scored at La Plata near Buenos Aires, Argentina under 130 pounds (59 kilograms) in the featured 1,400-meter (about seven furlongs) Handicap Jockey Club de Corrientes for his fourth 2018 victory and seventh career tally while conceding seven pounds to a listed winner. Fioravantti, racing for Dona Licha Stable and twice listed stakes-placed at 1,600 meters (about a mile), won by 4½ lengths under equal top weight against eight rivals going 1,600 meters at Monterrico in Peru for his third 2018 victory and fifth career tally. Mr. Connery, racing for Agustin Gabriel Stable, also won at Monterrico (near Lima), scoring by two lengths against seven rivals in a 1,400-meter (about seven furlongs) handicap under co-top weight for his fifth career tally. Parsifal, owned by Marcial Stable, won on the Monterrico card with Mr. Connery (their races were back-to-back), rallying by 2½ lengths against eight rivals under equal top weight in a 1,000-meter (about five furlongs) handicap. My Little Freud, Fioravantti, and Mr. Connery are Argentine-breds. New York-bred Parsifal (18 wins) has equaled LUBASH ($1,515,139) as Freud’s leading winner.
Freud’s Argentine-bred 3-year-old maiden-breakers on dirt during May were his sons FONSO FREUD and EL LOQUITO on May 5 and 12 respectively and daughter CAPELINA on May 14. Fonso Freud, a homebred racing for Identic Stable, beat 12 rivals going a one-turn 1,000 meters at Hipodromo Chile near Santiago, easing up in his final strides. El Loquito, owned by Villamarin Stable, romped by eight lengths against nine rivals going 1,400 meters on wet dirt at San Isidro near Buenos Aires, clocking 1:22.73 in his second start (he had finished fourth among nine on turf in his debut, running greenly). Capelina, a late-foaled (November) 3-year-old Freud filly racing for LM 1930 Stable, won her second start eased up by 2½ lengths, blazing 1,000 meters in an impressive 55.52 at Palermo in Buenos Aires even though she appears to descend from a routing family on her dam’s side.
Emerging from a year’s layoff to place third among 13 in San Isidro’s Group 1 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo-Copa Dr. Enrique Olivera at 2,400 meters (about a mile and a half) on turf on May 25 was Freud’s Argentine-bred Group 1-winning son, MUST GO ON ($323,485 U.S. equivalent earnings). Owned by Tata Y Tigre Stable, Must Go On has won or placed in 17 of 29 starts, including 13 group stakes events, and he carried equal top weight of 134½ pounds (61 kilograms) in his latest Group 1 outing.