By Rab Hagin
Dona Licha Stable’s Argentine-bred FREUD colt, CHARPENTIER, romped by 12¼ lengths in the listed Coronel Alfonso Ugarte at 1,600 meters (about a mile) on Monterrico dirt near Lima, Peru on Sunday, June 3, scoring his eighth career victory and fourth win in 2018 in five starts – twice in listed events. The talented chestnut 4-year-old has looked (and been) unbeatable from 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) to 1,700 meters (about 1 1/16 miles) since returning in February from a four-month layoff. He is now making a serious claim as the best dirt miler in Peru.
Charpentier broke like a cannon shot in the one-turn event for seven starters, 3-year-olds and up at weight-for-age, and immediately opened up a multiple-length margin over his rivals. He was briefly headed approaching the turn by a colt coming off recent back-to-back big-margin victories on Monterrico dirt and also was threatened on his inside by a two-time champion Peruvian miler, but he quickly pulled away from those challengers and was un-pressured thereafter. Charpentier actually accelerated his final quarter-mile (400 meters) despite no obvious urging from his jockey, Rito Almanza.
Launching his racing career in Argentina under Dona Licha Stable’s green and yellow colors, Charpentier won his third and final Argentine start going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt at San Isidro near Buenos Aires in July of 2016. About 10 months later he won his Peruvian debut going a straight 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on dirt by four lengths. Stretched out to 1,200 meters nine days later at Monterrico, Charpentier won by five lengths. Stretched out again four weeks later (June 10, 2017) – this time to 1,500 meters (about a sixteenth of a mile short of a full mile) – the quick-striding colt scored by 3½ lengths. Since regaining winning form following his layoff, Charpentier has scored three of his four 2018 victories decisively, the exception being a neck decision over another son of Freud, Agustin Gabriel Stable’s Argentine-bred MR. CONNERY, in a 1,700-meter feature at Monterrico on April 7 in which he was top-weighted. Charpentier has carried 132 pounds (60 kilograms) in each of his last four starts.
Charpentier became Freud’s 59th stakes winner when he won Monterrico’s listed Clasico Galeno by 5¼ lengths at 1,600 meters on March 11. His owner, Dona Licha Stable, has raced several of Freud’s winners, including Peruvian champion 3-year-old colt and 1,600-meter Group 1 winner ALEX ROSSI.
Charpentier’s latest victory came two days after another Argentine-bred offspring of Freud, 2-year-old filly SUMMER LOVE, had debuted with an eye-opening feat at Palermo in Buenos Aires on June 1. Facing 11 rivals at 1,400 meters on wet (heavy) dirt, the La Leyenda Stable homebred went almost immediately to the front and led thereafter with little encouragement, drawing off in the late stretch to win by six lengths. Summer Love is Freud’s third Southern Hemisphere 2-year-old winner of the current season.
Also on June 1 on the northern side of the Equator, Freud’s latest Northern Hemisphere winner, Joseph E. Besecker’s SEEKING THE SUNSET, led at all calls against five going 5½ furlongs on Laurel Park dirt to break his maiden in his second start and first outing on a fast track. The son of Freud had debuted on a sloppy Pimlico track 15 days earlier at five furlongs against nine rivals, breaking dead last and still running next-to-last with a furlong to go, after which he passed four in the deep stretch.