Top-Weighted (127 Lbs.) Princess Dream Wins First Episode S. – Freud’s 3rd Miler Winner in 9 Days

By Rab Hagin

In North and South America, dirt and turf, runners by FREUD showcased their miler talent on Saturday, June 30 and again on Sunday, July 8, when odds-on daughter PRINCESS DREAM ($147,539) won Suffolk Downs’ First Episode Stakes under top weight of 127 pounds for her third tally in 68 days. Princess Dream’s victory helped to boost Freud to among the top-30 living North American-based sires of 2018 in Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings (through July 9) – and the only member of that elite group standing outside Kentucky. Princess Dream is one of three Freud homebred six-figure earners owned by Patricia L. Moseley that have won in June and July. The others are LA MONEDA ($175,544), who dashed a mile in 1:33.11 on Belmont turf on June 30, and DREAM DOCTOR ($146,035), who nearly equaled a 30-year-old course record on Suffolk Downs turf on June 9.

Princess Dream, spotting weight to all her First Episode rivals, including winners of the 2016 and 2017 renewals of that two-turn event, was challenged repeatedly after gaining the lead on the backstretch. Her first threat came from the 2016 First Episode winner, who was closely pursued by the 2017 winner. After those two had dropped out of contention, a new contender – a six-figure-earner in receipt of eight pounds in weight from Princess Dream – loomed in the stretch on Princess Dream’s inside and pulled nearly even with her, but the daughter of Freud reasserted command and prevailed.

The one-mile First Episode marked the first victory beyond six furlongs for Princess Dream, who is three-for-three in 2018 following victories in Finger Lakes’ five-furlong Miss Patriot Handicap on May 1 and Suffolk Downs’ six-furlong Isadorable Stakes (for the second consecutive year) on June 9. She has won six of her 12 starts, placed second or third five times and has never finished worse than fourth (once).

Owner-breeder Moseley’s aforementioned La Moneda captured a $77,000 Belmont allowance for open fillies and mares by 3¼ lengths as the favored co-topweight. Her 1:33.11 clocking – more than a full second faster than her winning mile on the same course while carrying four pounds less three weeks earlier – was accomplished by running her final quarter-mile (23.25) faster than the contest’s opening quarter. Placing second and third behind her were rivals coming off stakes-placed efforts on NYRA turf. Another of Freud’s June 30 miler winners, Liam F. Benson’s new six-figure-earning NOT SO QUIET MAN, beat 13 rivals – ten of them six-figure-earners, including a favored Grade 2 winner of $396,950 – on Monmouth Park turf. Not So Quiet Man also has won at Saratoga and Meadowlands, but this was his first victory at beyond 5½ furlongs. Romping by 5¼ lengths over the $274,164-earning even-money runner-up at equal weights in a six-furlong Finger Lakes allowance on July 9 was stakes-winning Freud colt BAVARO ($192,140), who races for owner-trainer Jeremiah C. Englehart and is Freud’s 14th Northern Hemisphere repeat winner of 2018 – topping all New York sires.

Missing narrowly in a Group 1 Argentine event at 1,600 meters (about a mile) in 1:34.83 on June 30 was Freud’s Argentine-bred juvenile daughter, SUMMER LOVE, who led nine rivals to her final stride in the Gran Premio Estrellas (“Stars”) Juvenile Fillies on Palermo dirt in Buenos Aires. The race was run in dense fog, with the field disappearing from view at various junctures, and a latter part of the “Stars” card that day was postponed because of weather. Summer Love, a homebred for La Leyenda Stable, had won first-out by six lengths on wet (“heavy”) Palermo dirt on June 1 at 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs). In her Group 1 outing and second start, she beat the favorite, a Group 2 winner, by almost five lengths.

For the second consecutive season – despite the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against South American currencies – Freud’s Southern Hemisphere progeny have topped $1-million in U.S. equivalent earnings for the just-completed 2017-2018 racing season. Freud was represented by 63 winners for the season, including five stakes winners and five stakes-placed, boosting his cumulative Southern Hemisphere progeny earnings to more than $4-million, with a total of 11 black-type stakes winners.