NY’s Leading 2nd-Crop Sire Mission Impazible Picks Up 9th & 10th 1st-Crop Winners at Parx and Big A

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ibreedmissionFirst-crop 3-year-olds by MISSION IMPAZIBLE broke their maidens by daylight margins at Parx Racing and Aqueduct on February 6 and 10 respectively, as favored SHIPTHEGRIP beat eight rivals going a mile and 70 yards, followed by odds-on MISSION LEADER, who romped by six lengths among seven going six furlongs. These two were the ninth and tenth winners from the first crop of multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Mission Impazible, who had been a promising graded-placed juvenile winner prior to maturing into a two-turn standout in his subsequent seasons.

Shipthegrip, who races for owner-trainer Marya Montoya, broke from the seventh post at Parx and trailed in fifth place on the outside before “easily” going to the front with a quarter-mile to go, after which he gained a multiple-length lead and cruised home to win by almost two lengths. Mission Leader, who races for Paul Braverman and Namcook Stables, broke on top from the outside post at Big A and trailed the pacesetting runner-up (and 3.10-to-1 second choice) by more than five lengths while racing in fourth place in the early going. He circled the leaders on the turn, angled six-wide into the upper stretch, and then rallied to the front and drew clear under a hand ride.

Shipthegrip is the second son of Mission Impazible to win at a mile and 70 yards. Mission Leader is the fifth of Mission Impazible’s winners to score at six furlongs (one of which tallied on turf at that distance), following multiple stakes-placed ETHAN HUNT ($120,545) at Aqueduct on January 27.

By Rab Hagin

Freud’s Sharp Azteca Romps by 4½ in G2 at Gulfstream to Score His Second Graded Win in 2017 Debut

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sharpaztecaTrainer Jorge Navarro obviously considers SHARP AZTECA ($576,740), the 4-year-old FREUD colt he trains for Ivan Rodriguez’s Gelfenstein Farm, to be the best miler in North America. In the Grade 2 Hardacre Mile Gulfstream Park Handicap on Saturday, February 11, Sharp Azteca confirmed that assessment with a 4½-length romp over seven rivals – including five other graded winners – for his fifth win and second graded tally while extending his mile record to four-for-four by multiple-length margins.

“He’s very special,” said Navarro, whose previous graded-winning trainees include a four-time Grade 1-winning sprinter-miler at Saratoga, Aqueduct, and Belmont. “He’s the most beautiful animal I’ve ever seen in my life. When I went to saddle him, I went ‘Wow’.”

Breaking from the sixth post among eight in the $350,000 one-turn event, Sharp Azteca overcame some early bumping and stalked closely behind the 2016 Gulfstream Park Handicap winner for a quarter-mile before taking command with an accelerated second quarter split in 22.60. The colt’s margin continued to extend to mid-stretch, reaching 5½ lengths before jockey Edgard Zayas geared him down in the final furlong. Sharp Azteca’s time on a Gulfstream track that was not playing fast was 1:34.55. Gulfstream Park is the 26th track at which offspring of Freud have won black-type stakes events; Churchill Downs, where Sharp Azteca had won the graded Pat Day Mile on Kentucky Derby Day in 2016, was the 25th.

Navarro earlier had indicated that he was planning to use the Gulfstream Park Handicap as prep for the $1-million Godolphin Mile at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on March 25 and that his main goal for Sharp Azteca after that would be Belmont’s historic Grade 1 Metropolitan Mile.

Sharp Azteca was bred by Cloyce C. Clark Jr. of Grand Prairie (near Dallas), Texas, who keeps most of his broodmares in Louisiana. Clark had sent Sharp Azteca’s dam, So Sharp, to New York while she was carrying her first foal – specifically to breed her to Freud. “I wanted to get that Storm Cat (sire of Freud) over Halo (paternal great-grandsire of So Sharp) cross,” explained Clark, referring to a successful pattern with Freud’s champion brother, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. So Sharp subsequently foaled Sharp Azteca at Jay Goodwin’s Good Win Farm near Paris, Kentucky, was bred to a Kentucky stallion, and sent to Louisiana. Breeding So Sharp to Freud was a lucrative decision. The unraced mare that had sold for only $2,500 at Keeneland in January of 2011 went for $230,000 at Keeneland in November of 2016 after Sharp Azteca, a $220,000 sales purchase by Gelfenstein Farm as a 2-year-old in training, had become a graded winner.

Sharp Azteca was Freud’s eighth North American winner in 2017 and seventh in a three-week span, following such victors as dirt and turf stakes winner FREUDIE ANNE ($310,258) at Fair Grounds, stakes-placed SOL THE FREUD ($291,358) at Aqueduct, and stakes-placed LOON RIVER ($164,701) at Tampa Bay Downs. Freudie Anne, a versatile mare owned by Marc Detampel, Fergus Galvin, Jane Doi and Wallace Johnson, and Adrian Manserg, beat seven rivals as the favorite in a $44,000 allowance optional at about a mile on Fair Grounds turf on February 4. Sol the Freud, owned by Avi’s Racing Stable, was top-weighted among ten and broke from the outside post in a six-furlong Aqueduct sprint on January 22. Loon River, a mare owned by Daniel J. Sullivan III, beat nine in a Tampa Bay Downs turf mile, January 27.

Two other recent Freud 4-year-old winners were TEXT ME going six furlongs at Parx Racing on January 24 and the lightly-raced filly BOSS LADY PLATINUM, who broke her maiden by 3½ lengths going a mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct in her first two-turn effort on January 29. Text Me, who races for Robert Falcone and Michael Pedulla under the care of trainer Robert Falcone Jr., broke from the outside post among six to score his third victory in a 65-day span, beating the odds-on six-figure-earning favorite by more than four lengths. Boss Lady Platinum, who races for Platinum Seven LLC, also broke from the outside post among six and led at all calls in her first venture beyond 6½ furlongs. Freud’s late April-foaled 3-year-old daughter, TZI PINK FREUD, broke her maiden against seven in her 2017 debut and first start in four months, a 5½-furlong Laurel Park outing on February 10 for Sun Thoroughbred Stable Corp.

Six Argentine-bred runners by Freud have won at Argentina’s San Isidro and Palermo facilities near Buenos Aires in a recent 28-day span (January 16-February 12) at distances ranging from 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) to 2,400 meters (about a mile and half). Prominent among them was Luna Negra (Black Moon) Stable’s PSICOTECNICO, who captured San Isidro’s featured Churrinche Handicap on dirt on January 24 in his first effort at 2,400 meters, leading throughout against seven rivals that included two group stakes winners. Three days later (January 27) on San Isidro dirt, two more sons of Freud won by multiple-length margins: FREUD MORO at 2,000 meters (about 1¼ miles), preceded by HERCOLANEUM, a 3-year-old who broke his maiden at 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs). Freud Moro, now racing for Kevin-Alexis Stable, won by two lengths against seven rivals to score his third victory in eight outings while making his first start off a 33-week layoff. Hercolaneum, a muscular chestnut who races for El 26 Stable, romped by five lengths while mostly under a hand ride.

Prominent at Palermo on February 10 was Freud’s 3-year-old MR. AURELIUS, who scored his second victory in four starts while making his turf debut against six rivals at 1,400 meters for Don Lelo Stable, clocking 1:21.88 (fastest 1,400 meters on the card) after overcoming a late four-length deficit. Two days later (February 12) at Palermo, Freud’s daughter ESPUELAS DE PLATA (Silver Spoons) romped by six lengths at 1,400 meters on wet dirt despite being the only starter among 11 breaking from the outside auxiliary gate. Owned by Amabil Stable, for which she previously had won at 1,100 meters (about 5½ furlongs), Espuelas de Plata veered extremely wide out of the turn because of her outside post but circled rivals and pulled away handily down the middle of the track. Another daughter of Freud, TLAZOCAMATI, broke her maiden on wet dirt at Palermo on January 16 at 1,000 meters for Santino Stable, advancing from last among 13 following a swerving start and overtaking at least four rivals in the final furlong to win going away.

By Rab Hagin

Kevin’s Blog Entry #2 – No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service

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blog2-shedtoolsThe first few of what will be hundreds of horse trailers this year have already passed through my gates. The steady procession will continue for about another 5 months. They all come for one reason, to make another ever popular and profitable New York bred thoroughbred.

The breeding shed is where all thoroughbreds get their start. It does not matter if you are a 1,500 dollar claimer or a triple crown winner, all thoroughbreds are conceived through live cover.

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In a perfect world, it is a very quick and efficient process. We all know the world isn’t always perfect, but we do everything possible to make the whole process pleasant and seamless.

When you bring your mare to be bred there are a few things you can do to make sure everything goes without a hitch. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have the name of your mare attached to her halter or a neck strap, without this I can not breed her. This is a rule we all must follow.

Paperwork is also of the utmost importance before any equine love can take place. Contracts and mare information sheets should be submitted before you call to book your mare. Shed forms and a clean culture, when required, should accompany you when you bring your mare for her date with my boy.

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When you come prepared to the breeding shed with your mare it leaves more time for you to enjoy a cup of hot coffee as we complain about the weather. Breeding season is the time I get to catch up with old friends and make many new ones as well. We may be 900 miles to the north of Kentucky, but once you pull into my driveway, you would never know it. I am committed to providing everyone with a friendly smile and a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Blog by Kevin Stephens, Stallion Manager

WHY FREUD RANKS AS ONE OF THE MOST VERSATILE SIRES EVER TO STAND IN NORTH AMERICA:

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Through February 11, 2017, FREUD has sired 52 stakes winners that have won 127 events identified as “stakes” – including graded races on dirt, turf, and synthetic. These 127 stakes victories have occurred at 26 tracks in four countries and one commonwealth in two hemispheres, ranging from 5½ furlongs up to 1½ miles. By surface, 62 have been on dirt, 60 on turf, and 5 on synthetic. By age, 19 have been won by 2-year-olds, 47 by 3-year-olds, 19 by 4-year-olds, 26 by 5-year-olds, 4 by 6-year-olds, 8 by 7-year-olds, 3 by an 8-year-old, one by a 9-year-old. On NYRA’s 9 racing strips, 15 of these wins have been on Belmont dirt, 12 on Belmont outer turf, 12 on Belmont inner turf, 8 on Aqueduct outer dirt, 8 on Saratoga inner turf, 6 on Aqueduct inner dirt, 4 on Saratoga dirt, 4 on Saratoga outer turf, and 2 on Aqueduct turf. Freud is the only sire of stakes winners on all 9 NYRA courses. Listed below are Freud’s 52 stakes winners and the distances, tracks, surfaces, and seasons at, on, and during which the 127 stakes wins occurred.

 FRANNY FREUD, filly, 2007 –             Grade 1, 6 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010

Grade 2, 7 furlongs + 184 feet, Keeneland synthetic (Polytrack), 2010

7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2010

6½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010

6 furlongs, Woodbine synthetic (Polytrack), 2009

6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt (muddy), 2009

6 furlongs, Finger Lakes dirt, 2009

 

GIANT RYAN, horse, 2006 –               Grade 1, 6 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt (muddy), 2011

Grade 2, 6 furlongs, Calder Race Course dirt (good), 2011

6 furlongs, Calder Race Course dirt, 2011

6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2011

 

ALEX ROSSI (ARG), colt, 2011 –         Group 1, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Monterrico (Peru), 2014

1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Monterrico (Peru), 2014

2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), dirt, Monterrico (Peru), 2015

FUTURE PROSPECT, gelding, 2004 – Grade 2, 1 1/16 miles, Turfway Park synthetic (Polytrack), 2011

1 1/8 miles, Saratoga dirt, 2009

1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park dirt, 2009

 

ZEIDE ISAAC, colt/horse, 2005 –        Group 2, 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2009

Group 2, 2,400 meters (abt. 1½ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2009

Group 2, 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2010

Group 2, 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2012

Group 3, 2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2012

Group 3, 1,800 meters (abt. 1 1/8 mi.), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2012

1,500 meters (abt. 7½ furlongs), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2010

2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2011

 

LUBASH, colt/horse, 2007 –  Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Gulfstream Park West turf, 2016

Grade 3, 1 1/8 miles, Gulfstream Park West turf (good), 2014

Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park outer turf, 2013

1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (set course record), 2015

Mile, Belmont Park outer turf, 2015

1 1/16 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2015

1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (good), 2014

1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf, 2012

1 1/8 miles, Belmont inner turf (yielding), 2012

1 1/16 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2010

Mile, Belmont Park outer turf (yielding), 2010

Mile, Aqueduct turf, 2010

 

HESSONITE, filly/mare, 2008 –             Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park outer turf, 2013

1 1/16 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2013

1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (yielding), 2011

Mile, Saratoga inner turf, 2011

7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2011

Mile, Saratoga inner turf (yielding), 2012

1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf, 2012

1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf (yielding), 2012

1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park outer turf (yielding), 2012

 

MUST GO ON (ARG), colt, 2011- Group 1, 2,400 meters (abt. 1½ miles), turf, San Isidro (Argentina), 2016

Group 2, 2,400 meters (abt. 1½ miles), turf, Palermo (Argentina), 2015

Group 2, 2,400 meters (abt. 1½ miles), turf, San Isidro (Argentina), 2014

 

SHARP AZTECA, colt, 2013 –                Grade 2, mile, Gulfstream Park dirt, 2017

Grade 3, mile, Churchill Downs dirt, 2016

7 furlongs, Laurel Park dirt, 2016

MR. VEGAS, gelding, 2007 – Grade 3, abt. 1 1/16 miles, Fair Grounds turf (good), 2012

STREET LOLO (ARG), colt 2012 –    Group 3, 1,800 meters (abt. 1 1/8 miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016

 

KEY DANCE (ARG), filly, 2012 –           Group 2, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2016

Group 3, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2016

 

EFFIE TRINKET, filly, 2010 –                   6 furlongs, Saratoga dirt, 2012

7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2013

1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2013

1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2013

 

UNCLE T SEVEN, gelding, 2006 –          1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf, 2009

6 furlongs, Aqueduct inner dirt (sloppy), 2009

7 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt (muddy), 2009

1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2010

6 furlongs, Finger Lakes dirt, 2013

 

 

GENERAL MAXIMUS, ridgling, 2007 –  6 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010

6½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010

6 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2011

 

LIGHTS OFF ANNIE, filly/mare, 2005 – 6 furlongs, Aqueduct inner dirt, 2009

6 furlongs, Aqueduct inner dirt (muddy), 2010

6 furlongs, Pimlico dirt, 2010

 

FREUDIE ANNE, filly, 2012 –                  Mile and 70 yards, Aqueduct inner dirt, 2014

Mile, Saratoga inner turf, 2015

 

LOVELY SYN, filly, 2010 –                       6½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2013

7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2013

 

FOURSTAR CROOK, filly, 2012 –           1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf (yielding), 2016

1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2016

CLOUD CONTROL, colt, 2013 –             7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2016

 

BAVARO, colt, 2014 –                             6 furlongs, Aqueduct inner dirt (good), 2016

MISS NARCISSIST, filly, 2011 –             7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2013

6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2013

 

MERIWETHER JESSICA, filly/mare, 2005 – 6 furlongs, Belmont Park inner turf, 2008

1 1/8 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2010

 

FREUD’S NOTEBOOK, filly/mare, 2007 – 7 furlongs, Saratoga dirt, 2010

Mile, Aqueduct inner dirt, 2013

 

QUICK LITTLE MISS, filly, 2004 –           6½ furlongs, Fairplex Park dirt, 2006

7 furlongs, Hollywood Park synthetic (Polytrack), 2006

 

DARRIN’S DILEMMA, colt, 2008 –         6½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2011

7 furlongs, Belmont Park outer turf, 2011

 

DREAMSGONEWILD, gelding, 2009 – Abt. 5½ furlongs, Monmouth Park turf, 2015

6 furlongs, Laurel Park turf, 2014

 

DAGNABIT, colt, 2006 –                         5½ furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2008

6 furlongs, Finger Lakes dirt, 2008

 

THE FUNKY EXPRESS, filly, 2009 –        6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2011

5½ furlongs, Delaware Park dirt, 2011

 

FLIRT FOR FAME, filly/mare, 2003 –   6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006

6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006

Mile, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006

Mile, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006

Mile and 70 yards, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2006

6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2008

Mile and 70 yards, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2008

Mile and 70 yards, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2008

 

DREAMBOAT ANNIE, filly, 2012 –        7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt (good), 2015

MAH JONG MADDNES, mare, 2009 – Mile, Belmont Park outer turf, 2014

 

SHAKEIRA, mare, 2008 –                        Mile, Belmont Park outer turf, 2013

 

EXTRA SEXY PSYCHIC, filly, 2005 –      6½ furlongs, Presque Isle Downs synthetic (Tapeta), 2008

 

PRETTY BOY FREUD, gelding, 2006 –  7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2011

 

FOLLOW MY DREAM, mare, 2003 –    1 1/16 miles, Aqueduct turf (yielding), 2008

 

TAMBERINO, filly, 2003 –                      7 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2007

 

FREUD’S HONOR, colt, 2008 –                1 1/8 miles, Monmouth Park turf (good), 2011

 

SENTIMENTAL LASS, filly, 2008 –           7 furlongs, Belmont Park dirt, 2010

 

IN TE DOMINE, filly, 2007 –                    1 1/16 miles, Saratoga inner turf, 2010

 

LOGIC WAY, gelding, 2004 –                  1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2008

 

KARAKORUM ELEKTRA, mare, 2004 – 6 furlongs, Belmont Park inner turf (good), 2009

 

P J’S SUPEREGO, filly, 2010 –                 6 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2012

 

SO N SO, filly, 2007 –                               6 furlongs, Saratoga dirt, 2009

 

MIGHTY EROS, filly, 2004 –                7 furlongs, Aqueduct outer dirt, 2007

 

BOOM BOOM SIENA, filly, 2012           2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016

2,000 meters (abt. 1¼ miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016

 

ANGRY PATTY, filly, 2013 –                 6 furlongs, Suffolk Downs dirt, 2016

 

DREWSSASIN, colt, 2011 –                    Mile, Evangeline Downs turf, 2014

 

DR SHANE, colt, 2013 – 6 furlongs, Finger Lakes dirt, 2015

 

TALK THERAPY, gelding, 2006 –            1 1/16 miles, Finger Lakes dirt, 2013

 

SOMERS TOWN (ARG), filly, 2012 –     1,000 meters (abt. 5 furlongs), dirt, La Plata (Argentina), 2015

 

BE A GINNY, filly, 2006 –                        1 1/8 miles, dirt, Hipodromo Camarero (Puerto Rico), 2009

Kevin’s Blog Entry #1- One Jump, Good Cover

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quiet shedWhat has been a very quiet and peaceful  place for the last 6 months is suddenly the center of attention and bustling with activity. The once quiet oak covered walls and ceilings now resonate with the sounds of screaming horses, the thuds of bodies of both man and beast colliding, and a host of other sounds I probably shouldn’t mention here. The second week of February is what my boys and I have been waiting for. The last 6 months have been a waiting game leading up to this.

Breeding season is upon us.

The action actually starts a few weeks before breeding season officially opens. We have our pre-season so to speak. We spend a couple weeks knocking the rust off the older boys and teaching the new ones what their life is all about now. The experienced boys are more than anxious to get back to their job in the shed, while the new guys sometimes need a little coaching and encouragement. All stallions are different, some are like the energizer bunny while others are more like Hugh Hefner after a long night with his bunnies. You just have to figure out what works best for each individual.

The early start also allows for our breeding shed crew to knock the cobwebs off ourselves and get back in our groove. This is also when we give our new crew members their first taste of on the job training. Nothing gets your blood pumping like a roaring 1300 pound hormone enraged stallion. The people who can’t hack it weed themselves out pretty quick. Nowhere on the farm is teamwork more important than in the breeding shed.

freud in stepSome people talk about breeding season with dread in their voice, not me, I love it. It is when I get to show my boys off. Being a stallion manager isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle. You have to have the passion, the passion is what keeps you striving for excellence.

Blog by Kevin Stephens

Stallion Manager @ Sequel New York