By Rab Hagin
Offspring of FREUD won or placed in three graded/group races in the two-week span of February 24 to March 9, highlighted by the four-length romp by MUCHA CHANCE in the 2,000-meter (about 1¼ miles) Group 2 Clasico Otono (Autumn) in 1:59.10 at Palermo in Buenos Aires on March 9. The Argentine-bred son of Freud had scored his first Group 2 victory – also at 2,000 meters on dirt – on December 27 at La Plata, another Buenos Aires-area facility where he has held the track record for 2,000 meters on dirt (2:01.23) since December of 2017. Owned by Dap Stable, Mucha Chance in 15 starts has six wins (five on dirt, one on turf), with five seconds, two thirds, and two fourth-place finishes. He has won twice at 1,600 meters (about a mile) – breaking his maiden on turf and clocking 1:33-flat on dirt – once at 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles, in 1:47.62), and three times at 2,000 meters, where he appears to reign supreme.
Facing 10 rivals in the Clasico Otono, Mucha Chance sprinted immediately to the front on his own accord and led by multiple-length margins to mid-stretch, where he was briefly challenged before pulling away decisively in the final furlong. He ran his second, third, and fourth 400-meter (about a quarter-mile) splits in faster times than his first, reaching the 1,600-meter mark in 1:34.76.
Like Freud’s Grade/Group 1 dirt winners SHARP AZTECA ($2,406,740), GIANT RYAN, ALEX ROSSI (ARG), and SUMMER LOVE (ARG) and turf champion ZEIDE ISAAC and turf millionaire LUBASH ($1,515,139), Mucha Chance was produced from a mare that is a descendant of Hail to Reason.
Argentine-bred Freud turf filly INTRATABLE FREUD placed third among eight in another Group 2 event at Palermo, the Clasico Miguel Angel and Tomas Juarez Celman at 1,600 meters on wet turf on February 24. Owned by Los Cozacos Stable, Intratable Freud has won twice on firm turf at 1,600 meters at San Isidro (another Buenos Aires-area facility), where in 2017 she was a Group 2 runner-up among eight on wet turf after winning first-out by 3½ lengths on wet dirt.
In North America on March 9, Freud’s son BAVARO ($337,805) placed third among seven in his graded stakes debut, Aqueduct’s six-furlong Tom Fool Handicap, beating the favorite and 2018 Tom Fool winner in an event clocked in a stakes record 1:08.77. Owned by All In The Family Racing, multiple stakes winner Bavaro has won twice at Aqueduct in 2019, including the $103,600 Hollie Hughes Stakes on February 18.
Winning on La Plata dirt on March 5 was another Argentine-bred son of Freud, SOSEGADO, who was favored from the outside post among seven at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) and surged ahead at the wire. Owned by Pachu Stable, Sosegado also had won at 1,000 meters on La Plata dirt in September.
March-winning daughters of Freud in North America are I’M LISTENING and SARDONYX, who scored on Gulfstream Park turf and Penn National dirt, respectively, on March 1, and JAZZY JUDER, who tallied on Laurel Park dirt on March 8. I’m Listening, who has won on dirt and turf for trainer and part owner Mary Eppler (Mary E. Eppler Racing Stable, Inc.) and for co-breeder George L. Schwartz and part owner Frederic N. Ornitz, beat nine rivals in her first start at a mile. Sardonyx broke her maiden “easily” by 11½ lengths at nearly 1-to-2 against nine rivals going six furlongs despite breaking from the ninth post for Class Personified Stable in her 2019 debut. Jazzy Juder, who has won at three different distances and by big margins against large fields on Belmont turf and Laurel dirt, scored her latest victory by 2½ lengths at nearly even money despite getting bumped at the start while going six furlongs for Old Coach Farm.