In a 27-day span (April 5 - May 1), 19 runners by 2018 leading New York sire FREUD won 20 races – 13 on dirt, seven on turf – at nine different distances from 4½ furlongs to about a mile and a quarter, at 12 tracks in five countries on two continents. One of those 19 Freuds also placed in a listed stakes in April, and an earlier (March 10) Grade 2 winner placed second among 11 in a Grade 1 event on April 14. The Freuds won in New York, California, Kentucky and Florida and on both South American coasts.
In Keeneland’s April 25 feature allowance, Freud’s son DOT MATRIX ($247,001) turned in a stakes-caliber performance as the topweight against seven rivals, including a Keeneland turf stakes winner plus three Grade 2-or-3-placed turf winners, prevailing despite surviving the worst trip of all the starters. Racing for Ten Strike Racing in the $69,560 one-mile contest over still-wet “good” turf, Dot Matrix stumbled badly out of the gate and almost lost his rider, after which he trailed the field until a quarter-mile from the finish. He had to shift paths on the second turn and again in the stretch, but somehow managed to overtake the favored leader and eventual runner-up despite conceding weight to that rival.
Winning Golden Gate Fields’ April 13 feature allowance was PYSCHO SISTER, Freud’s latest six-figure-earner and the only starter among six in that mile contest on yielding turf who has not (yet) earned black type credentials. Owned by Scott Herbertson, the Washington-bred mare has won open allowances on turf and on all-weather surfaces since late February.
Freuds ran one-two in a $70,630 Aqueduct allowance optional at six furlongs on “good” turf on April 19, as favored and co-topweight PSYCHIC ENERGY ($161,618) edged stakes winner DR. SHANE ($356,271). Owned by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds LLC and Black Swan Stable, Psychic Energy was the youngest among ten six-figure-earning starters. The one-two sons of Freud were both making their 2018 debuts.
Winning Finger Lakes’ five-furlong Miss Patriot Handicap by almost two lengths at odds-on among nine fillies and mares on May 1 was Patricia L. Moseley’s homebred daughter of Freud, PRINCESS DREAM. In July of 2017, Princess Dream had captured Suffolk Downs’ six-furlong Isadorable Stakes by 11½ lengths. Ten days earlier at Finger Lakes, another favored daughter of Freud, LOVE YOU DEARLY, had won a 4½-furlong contest against seven rivals while racing for Kathryn Wright.
Freud’s 3-year-olds breaking their maidens on Florida turf in April were daughter PSYCHO GIRL at about 7½ furlongs at Gulfstream Park on April 14 for Ruben Valdes and Bluegrass Legacy Stable and son SIGGIE in a Tampa Bay Downs maiden special mile on April 21 as a Lambholm Stable homebred. Psycho Girl won by two lengths against 11 rivals in her two-turn outing. Siggie, a big, rangy chestnut with a ground-devouring stride, led at all calls in his debut while clocking accelerating splits and won by daylight.
Placing second in Keeneland’s Grade 1 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf on April 14 – and earning $70,000 – was Freud’s 2018 Grade 2-winning daughter, FOURSTAR CROOK ($883,166), who advanced from last among 11 while spotting two pounds to the winner. Owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Gary Aisquith, Fourstar Crook had a few factors hindering her in the Jenny Wiley, according to her jockey, Javier Castellano: “She had some things (working) against her because she was in the way outside post position,” explained Castellano. “I think maybe a mile and an eighth is better for her. I liked everything she did today. I liked the way she finished. I know the winner is one of the best fillies in the country and…had a very good trip.”
In South America, Freud’s Argentine-conceived winners in April were even more ubiquitous than in North America. On April 5, El Bochinche Stable’s unbeaten and unchallenged son of Freud, LOCO ROMA, romped by five lengths against ten rivals going 1,300 meters (about 6½ furlongs) on dirt at the Buenos Aires-area track of La Plata. Now three-for-three by margins totaling 11 lengths since mid-February, Argentine-bred Loco Roma had the biggest winning margin on La Plata’s April 5 card.
Two days later (April 7) at Monterrico in Lima, Peru, Freud’s listed stakes-winning son, CHARPENTIER, edged another son of Freud, four-time winner MR. CONNERY, in the featured Clasico Antenor Rizo Patron Araoz while carrying top weight of 132 pounds (60 kilograms) at 1,700 meters (about 1 1/16 miles) on dirt. Charpentier races for Dona Licha Stable, which has campaigned some of Freud’s top Argentine-bred runners in Peru, Argentina, and the U.S. In 14 starts, Charpentier has six wins at five different distances and has placed second twice, and his 1,700-meter tally was his first at that distance.
Juan Martin Stable’s Argentine-bred son of Freud, MY LITTLE FREUD, missed the dirt track record for 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) at the Buenos Aires-area facility of Palermo by about a fifth of a second despite running on a wet track on April 12, winning in 1:07.61. THREE DAYS LATER (seriously) on April 15 across town at La Plata, My Little Freud won by a length and a half as the favored co-topweight going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt. My Little Freud, who has won six races in just over a year, had scored his earliest victories going 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on La Plata dirt.
La Manana Stable’s Argentine-bred Freud filly, METRONIA, stretched out to 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) on dirt for the first time at Palermo on April 13 and led throughout to win by two lengths in 1:47.65 against six rivals that included a Group 2 winner. Three days later (April 16) on Palermo dirt, another Argentine-bred Freud filly, El Quinton Lobos Stable’s LA GRAN SOLE, scored at 1,400 meters under co-topweight of 125½ pounds (57 kilograms).
Winning on April 22 at Maronas in Uruguay was Freud’s Uruguayan-bred 3-year-old son, CHUPETINERO, who tallied by three lengths against nine rivals going 1,200 meters on wet dirt while racing for Lucia and Matias Stable. Five days later (April 27) at Club Hipico de Santiago on the southern Pacific coast of Chile, Freud’s indestructible Argentine-bred son, DORYO, romped by 6½ lengths against 12 rivals, including the runner-up favorite, at 1,200 meters on dirt, scoring “very easily” while racing for Don Simon Stable. Doryo has won four times on dirt and three times on turf. Two days later (April 29) and about 2,800 miles northward on the western South American coast at Monterrico, Freud 3-year-old filly LA BOMBON tried turf and 2,000 meters (about a mile and a quarter) – both for the first time – and won against six rivals. Owned by Agustin Gabriel Stable, Argentine-bred La Bombon had won her debut earlier in 2018 going 1,000 meters on Monterrico’s dirt straightaway under lights. Her dam has distance breeding.
Freud’s Argentine-breds breaking their maidens in April were 2-year-old sons CRISTOFORO COLOMBO at Buenos Aires-area San Isidro on April 4 and CRAZY FREUD at Monterrico on April 8 and 3-year-old daughters WOW DIE BALLADE at Palermo on April 9 and UMBERTA at San Isidro on April 30. Cristoforo Colombo, racing for San Jose de Ecuador Stable, won by a length and a half against eight rivals going 1,200 meters in his first start on turf or around a turn (he had debuted at 1,000 meters on straight dirt at Palermo). In his next start on April 27, Cristoforo Colombo placed third in San Isidro’s listed Clasico Antartida Argentina at 1,200 meters on turf, leading until the final strides. Crazy Freud, a Dona Licha Stable homebred, won his debut by two lengths against six rivals going 1,200 meters on dirt. Wow Die Ballade, racing for La Generacion Stable, won at 1,400 meters on wet dirt. Umberta, a Santa Ines Stable homebred, won by six lengths at 1,400 meters on wet dirt, beating seven rivals in her third career start.