By Rab Hagin
New stakes winner DOT MATRIX ($309,051) highlighted eight winners by FREUD on dirt, turf, and all-weather surfaces during the seven-day span of July 9-15, as that favored New York-bred beat 11 rivals in the listed Warrior Veterans Stakes at Indiana Grand Race Course on Saturday evening, July 14. Victory in the $100,000 open turf event at 1 1/16 miles earned the first black type for Dot Matrix, whose Memorial Day stakes debut effort at Belmont had brought him within a head of gaining black type status. Owned throughout his career by Marshall K. Gramm (Ten Strike Racing), Dot Matrix has blossomed dramatically since coming under the care of trainer Brad Cox last November, scoring four of his seven career wins.
Breaking from the ninth post among 12 in his first outing under jockey Florent Geroux, Dot Matrix stalked the pace of the front-running second choice – a son of the most expensive stallion in North America – before rallying between rivals from fifth place to take command inside the final furlong. His stretch maneuvering prompted him to switch leads three times, but he was well clear at the wire, clocking 1:41.10. Placing third was a graded turf winner in receipt of two pounds from Dot Matrix.
“I was loaded,” said Geroux afterwards. “I thought I’d be pretty much on the fence coming into the first turn…(but) I was pretty much on the outside.” Dot Matrix ran his final sixteenth in under six seconds.
Cox’s assistant, Rick Giannini, is a big fan of Dot Matrix, who also has won twice on wet turf and at a mile and 1 1/8 miles: “He’s as honest as the day is long,” remarked Giannini in reference to Dot Matrix. “That Keeneland (allowance) race (on April 25, winning under top weight among eight following a disastrous start) was just unbelievable. If anybody watches…they will not believe he even won… He just showed his heart and class in that race. He’s one of those horses who gives you a lot of confidence, too.”
Dot Matrix is the 61st stakes winner sired by Freud. He is the leading earner produced from his dam. Indiana Grand Race Course is the 29th track at which offspring of Freud have won stakes – in 11 U.S. states, four countries and one commonwealth in two hemispheres.
Freud’s other recent winners include two going six furlongs on Presque Isle Downs’ all-weather Tapeta track: Joseph L. Maloney’s homebred 3-year-old filly, MORGAN’S Z VA, by 9¼ lengths (by ten lengths over the near even-money favorite) on July 9, and JSR Stables, Inc.’s MR. FREUD ($152,676) on July 10. Mr. Freud has won five times at Presque Isle Downs. Also scoring at six furlongs on July 10 was owner-trainer Carlos V. Dominguez’s versatile daughter of Freud, PASSION POLICE ($126,038), who tallied by three lengths over another six-figure-earner at Finger Lakes and has won on both dirt and turf.
Freud’s recent homebred 3-year-old maiden-breakers are Patricia L. Moseley’s RIGADOON in a 5½-furlong Finger Lakes maiden special on July 11, and TEN EYCK at 1 1/16 miles on yielding Belmont turf and FORTUNE’S FREUDE going five furlongs at Emerald Downs – the latter two on July 15. Rigadoon, yet another of Patricia Moseley’s Freud homebreds and making her second career start in 16 days, beat six rivals from the sixth post. Ten Eyck, bred and owned by Paul Regan’s Upland Farm, thrived in his first encounter with other-than-firm turf, romping by eight lengths against 11 in a $41,000 contest after having trailed all but three rivals through the first half-mile. Fortune’s Freude, bred in Washington by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst and campaigned by Blue Ribbon Racing #15, scored by 6½ lengths in 57.46 for five panels as the favorite among eight and has finished first and second following the only two smooth starts in her career. Fortune’s Freude was Freud’s 41st Northern Hemisphere winner of 2018.
Freud continues to advance among the top-30 living North American-based sires in 2018 progeny earnings, passing expensive Kentucky-based stallions who usually have more starters. In New York, Freud is the leading sire in 2018 Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings (almost $3.1-million), 2018 black type stakes winners, 2018 black type stakes wins, 2018 repeat winners, lifetime Average-Earnings Index, and cumulative Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings (over $52.6-million). In Argentina, Freud’s multiple group-placed (dirt and turf) winner, IL EST FABULEUX, placed second in San Isidro’s listed Clasico Necochea at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on turf on July 14, closing with a late rush after having trailed the entire field by several lengths. Argentine-bred Il Est Fabuleux, who has raced his entire career for Stud Valdi, was carrying 130-plus pounds and was spotting more than four pounds (59 kilograms to 57 kilograms) to the winner while beating the recent group-winning (also at 1,000 meters on San Isidro turf) favorite.