Again toying with a heavily-favored runner-up, unbeaten 2-year-old BAVARO ($123,000) romped by 3¾ lengths in his stakes debut in Aqueduct’s $150,000 New York Stallion Great White Way at six furlongs on a drying-out “good” inner track on Saturday, December 17, becoming the 52nd stakes winner sired by FREUD. Although breaking last among six while brushing the side of the starting gate, Bavaro quickly gained command and set all the fractions. He was challenged on the turn by an odds-on (.35-to-1) multiple stakes winner at six furlongs on dirt, but the Freud colt’s much quicker strides propelled him clear of the highly-regarded second-placer, who finished eight-plus lengths ahead of third while boosting his own earnings to over $310,000. Bavaro races for the August Dawn Farm of Duane C. Parcells.
Winning trainer Gary Sciacca, who had purchased Bavaro for $85,000 on behalf of Bill Parcells at Fasig-Tipton’s 2015 Saratoga sale of preferred New York-bred yearlings, was not surprised: “He’s a tough horse…a big, good-looking runner…nothing bothers him. He’s like a bull. I figured he’d be up front, but I didn’t think it’d come that easy. He changed leads today; he didn’t change last time.”
Winning jockey Manuel Franco, who had been aboard a rival when Bavaro had won his debut by 5¼ lengths over an even-money runner-up four weeks earlier at Aqueduct despite running mostly on his left lead, had similar observations: “I knew he had good speed from the first time he raced. He didn’t break good in his first race…but he showed good positional speed. He really did it easy (today), and when I asked for more at the quarter pole, he just took off.”
Bavaro is Freud’s sixth Northern Hemisphere 2016 stakes winner and his sire’s 57th Northern Hemisphere repeat winner of 2016 (easily topping all New York sires). Bavaro is his unraced dam’s fourth racing age offspring and third winner but her first juvenile winner and first stakes winner.
Freud’s December winners also include multiple stakes-placed SOL THE FREUD ($260,808), who beat six six-figure-earning rivals (including two multiple stakes winners) while going six furlongs at Aqueduct on December 10 for Avi’s Racing Stable, plus maiden-breaking filly NOON at Turf Paradise on December 6. Sol the Freud was leading New York sire Freud’s 97th Northern Hemisphere winner of 2016. Noon, who races for owner-trainer Valorie Lund, beat eight rivals while going 7½ furlongs around two turns on turf.
With annual Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings exceeding $5-million for the third year, Freud is the only New York stallion whose runners north of the equator have earned $5-million-plus in more than one year. Freud’s cumulative North American progeny earnings in excess of $43.1-million – a record for a New York-based sire – and average earnings per runner (including his recent new starters who have just started building their bankrolls) of more than $77,100 easily lead all New York sires. Freud also is New York’s leading turf sire of 2016 with lawn earnings that are more than double the grass bankroll of his closest in-state pursuer and is New York’s leading sire of 2016 Northern Hemisphere graded winners with graded-winning offspring on both dirt and turf. In South America during a recent 33-day span, Freud’s sons and a daughter won a Group 1 event on turf and Group 2 events on both dirt and turf – twice at 2,400 meters (about a mile and a half) on turf and at 1,600 meters (about a mile) on dirt.
Freud’s Argentine-bred runners in South America, where summer is in full bloom, have won at least six races and placed in a listed stakes during the first half of December. Freud 4-year-old FONTAINBLEAU, who races for El Doctor Stable, scored his fourth dirt victory in 10 starts when he beat eight rivals going 1,500 meters (about 15/16ths of a mile) at La Plata in Argentina on December 9. Scoring his third victory in 14 weeks – all at different distances – was Boca Paila Stable’s Freud 4-year-old, GOLAZO DA JESSIE, who won by five lengths against nine rivals going 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) on La Plata dirt on December 1. Registering their second career victories in Argentina were Freud fillies FUGA INCREIBLE going 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on Palermo dirt on December 2 and DONA TECA going 1,600 meters on San Isidro dirt on December 7. Fuga Increible, who races for Los Tres Turquitos Stable, used her quick strides to win by 2½ lengths under a hand ride. Dona Teca, a homebred for San Benito Stable, romped by seven lengths over seven rivals just 39 days after having broken her maiden with equal ease going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on San Isidro turf. Also scoring his second victory, in four never-unplaced starts over 104 days, was Freud’s 3-year-old son MR. CONNERY at 1,000 meters on Monterrico dirt in Peru on Friday, December 16, winning by three lengths for Agustin Gabriel Stable. Breaking his maiden in his second start was another Freud 3-year-old colt, MR. AURELIUS, who came out of the outside post in Palermo’s auxiliary starting gate among 12 starters going 1,400 meters on dirt on December 4 and scored handily by a daylight margin for Don Lelo Stable. On that same day at Monterrico, Dona Licha Stable’s listed black-type-winning Freud filly, BOOM BOOM SIENA, placed third among 11 in the listed Clasico Batalla de Ayacucho at 2,000 meters (about 1¼ miles) on turf. Boom Boom Siena has five turf wins on her resume and has won or placed in five black-type events.