By Rab Hagin
Scoring at Aqueduct on Friday, December 29, 3-year-old FREUD filly CARRY YOUR HEELS beat the runner-up favorite despite conceding that rival three pounds, becoming her sire’s 48th Northern Hemisphere 2017 repeat winner and boosting Freud to the top of at least a seventh category among New York sires for 2017. Freud led all New York-based sires for 2017 Northern Hemisphere figures in progeny earnings, turf earnings, black type stakes wins, graded winners, graded wins, lifetime Average-Earnings Index, and – thanks to Carry Your Heels – number of repeat winners (tied for first). Carry Your Heels, who beat five rivals going seven furlongs in her latest victory, races for Theodore Gatsas’ Gatsas Stables and has won on Belmont turf as well as on Aqueduct dirt. Out of a half-sister to Freud’s multiple stakes-winning daughter, MERIWETHER JESSICA ($420,855), she has been consigned as Hip No. 1116 to Keeneland’s horses of all ages sale, cataloged to sell on Wednesday, January 10.
Freud’s 2017 Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings of $6,320,911 broke the previous record for a New York-based sire by almost $1-million and distanced the 2017 second-placed Empire State sire by more than $1.5-million. Among the top two dozen (24) living North American-based sires in 2017 Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings, only half have cumulative Average-Earnings Indexes that improve on their mares’ Comparable Indexes, and Freud is among that dozen, improving on his mares’ Comparable Index by 25 percent. He is the leading North American-based stallion standing outside of Kentucky.
Freud’s runners in 2017 won 18 stakes races in North and South America, including 10 graded or group events, and set five track, course, and/or stakes records on both sides of the Equator at distances from about seven furlongs to a mile and a half. Highlighting his North American stakes winners were Grade 1 dirt winner SHARP AZTECA ($1,756,740), graded turf winner FOURSTAR CROOK ($693,166), and unbeaten multiple turf stakes winner (against open juveniles) THERAPIST. Freud’s Argentine-bred 2017 black type winners in South America included Group 2 winners KEY DANCE (with a record of three group wins on dirt and three on turf) and ORANGE NUGGET.
North American allowance winners representing Freud in December were HEY BRACIOLE ($249,906) on dirt at Parx Racing on December 4, MUNCHKIN MONEY ($158,500) on Aqueduct turf on December 7, and DOT MATRIX ($175,841) on wet (“good”) Fair Grounds turf on December 23. Hey Braciole, a Pennsylvania homebred filly owned by Joseph Capriglione, was co-top-weighted among seven going six furlongs in Parx Racing’s featured open allowance optional and beat the runner-up co-topweight by daylight, drawing away for her fourth allowance tally of 2017. Munchkin Money, a filly owned by Newport Stables LLC, was favored and top-weighted against five rivals whose average earnings exceeded $267,000, including a multiple stakes winner, and romped by 2½ lengths in the Big A’s $59,000 six-furlong feature, clocking 1:09.12 for her third NYRA allowance win of 2017. Dot Matrix, owned by Ten Strike Racing, was the favored co-topweight among nine going about 1 1/16 miles and sprinted his final five-sixteenths in 29.43 over wet (“good”) turf to beat the runner-up second choice, who was carrying three pounds less weight.
Also beating a full field of solid earners was Freud’s daughter BAMBOO STICK ($192,137) at Aqueduct on December 23, going gate-to-wire from the outside post among nine (average earnings almost $160,000) at six furlongs in rain and slop to defeat the runner-up favorite despite conceding that rival four pounds. Bamboo Stick races for Kelli Norton and Frank Fiumera.
Freud’s 3-year-old maiden-breakers during December were McKee Stables Inc.’s May-foaled homebred filly, BRACKEN BELLE, going 6½ furlongs on Turfway Park’s all-weather Polytrack surface on December 9, and Seldman Stables LLC’s homebred, J J’S DREAMING, going a mile at Aqueduct on December 15. Bracken Belle, the youngest among eight (only May-foaled 3-year-old filly) in her outing, went gate-to-wire to score by a length and a half in her all-weather track debut, recalling Freud’s stakes winners on all-weather: FRANNY FREUD ($686,029), FUTURE PROSPECT ($492,271), QUICK LITTLE MISS ($287,080), and EXTRA SEXY PSYCHIC ($311,650). J J’s Dreaming also went gate-to-wire in a $53,900 Big A maiden special, winning his dirt debut by almost two lengths and heading a 1-2 exacta with a June-foaled son of Freud who beat the odds-on third-place finisher by another two lengths.
Freud’s first Northern Hemisphere victor of 2018 is his daughter BOSS LADY PLATINUM, a former Aqueduct winner who beat seven rivals going six furlongs at Penn National on Wednesday evening, January 3, while racing for owner-trainer Elisha Rathman.
Freud’s latest track record-setter is 4-year-old Argentine-bred MUCHA CHANCE, who romped by 13 lengths as the favorite among 10 going 2,000 meters (about a mile and a quarter) on dirt at La Plata in Buenos Aires on December 12, clocking 2:01.23 under DAP Stable’s blue and yellow silks. His time on the tight-turn track broke the previous record, held since June of 2015 by a three-time Group 1 winner at 2,000 meters, by more than one-fifth (.27) of a second. In 10 starts, the never-unplaced Mucha Chance also has won at 1,600 meters (about a mile) on turf and at 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) on dirt by eight lengths. Freud’s earlier 2017 record-setters – in addition to previously mentioned Sharp Azteca, who ran 1 1/16 miles at Monmouth in a record 1:40.19 on July 30 – include UNCLE MITCHO ($142,805) at a mile and a half in 2:29.31 on Belterra Park turf on August 27. Freud’s Argentine-bred WORLD GURU broke the 1,400-meter (about seven furlongs) turf record at Palermo in Buenos Aires on September 21, clocking 1:19.57 as he lowered a record held for more than 3½ years by a group winner. The previously-mentioned graded-winning Freud turf mare, Fourstar Crook, broke Belmont’s 1 1/8-mile John Hettinger Stakes record by nearly two seconds when she clocked 1:46.05 on September 24.
Also winning on La Plata dirt – two days after Mucha Chance on December 14 – was Freud’s Argentine-bred MI EDIPO, who scored by five lengths against 10 rivals going 1,600 meters for his second victory of the season (beginning July 1) and fourth career tally while racing for V.H.A. Stable. Winning on December 18 at Club Hipico de Santiago in Chile was Freud’s Argentine-bred son, DORYO, who scored by more than two lengths as the favorite among 11 going a right-turn 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) on dirt while racing for Don Simon Stable. He has won three times on turf and twice (in about two months) on dirt. Winning on December 20 at San Isidro in Buenos Aires was Freud’s Argentine-bred CUNEO, who beat 14 rivals as the co-favorite going 1,400 meters on dirt for his second victory in 68 days under the powder blue and white silks of La Primavera Stable.
Breaking their maidens on dirt at Buenos Aires-area tracks in Argentina during December were Freud’s Argentine-bred runners DESVESTIDA and SERVUS at Palermo on December 9 and 17 respectively and REAL QUEST at La Plata on December 28. Desvestida, a filly racing for Santa Rita Stable, pulled away at the wire from 14 rivals going 1,000 meters (about five furlongs), clocking 56.83. Servus, a big, powerful-looking bay racing for El Sureno Stable, beat 12 rivals in his third start and first effort at 1,400 meters. Real Quest, a 3-year-old filly racing for Stud Haras San Juan, also won her third start, romping by nine lengths against eight rivals going a one-turn 1,000 meters.