Freud’s Big January: North American Progeny Earnings Top $50-Million; South American-Breds Win 8

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By Rab Hagin

Allowance wins by HERE COMES TOMMY ($381,195) on January 14, JUST STORMIN ($173,165) on January 20, and CEREBRAL ($125,142) on January 24 helped push North American cumulative progeny earnings for FREUD to more than $50.4-million – also boosted by $650,000 in additional earnings for Grade 1 winner SHARP AZTECA ($2,406,740). These four sons of Freud – a New York-bred, Louisiana-bred, Maryland-bred, and Kentucky-bred respectively – helped establish Freud’s average earnings per runner (including recent first-time starters) at more than $80,900 as of the end of January.

In South America, where the racing season is at mid-point, Freud’s Argentine-conceived runners during January won nine races and placed in black type stakes in Peru and Argentina, pushing Freud’s Southern Hemisphere progeny earnings to more than $3,670,000.

Here Come Tommy, Vincent Murray’s semi-homebred who has won on turf and wet dirt at Belmont, added a $57,000 Aqueduct allowance victory going a mile on winterized fast dirt to his resume, beating nine rivals, five of them six-figure-earners and one of those a stakes-placed earner of almost $222K. Stakes-placed Just Stormin, owned by Charles Carlton, captured Delta Downs’ Saturday evening seven-furlong allowance optional feature going two turns on a six-furlong oval, beating three stakes-placed rivals, including the 1-to-2 favorite plus an earner of $400K-plus, all at equal weights. Cerebral scored his second consecutive victory in 69 days at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town for owner Darren Viands, winning the Wednesday night starter allowance co-feature by a length and a half at seven furlongs around two turns against six rivals, including five six-figure-earners – two of them stakes-placed.

Another six-figure-earning winner by Freud in January was Frank Fiumera’s mare, PINK FREUD LIVE, who tallied by two lengths (over the equally-weighted favored runner-up) while facing nine rivals going six furlongs at Mahoning Valley Race Course on January 9. She is a multiple winner on dirt, on turf, and on all-weather surfaces. Winning at Delta Downs on Thursday evening, January 25 was owner-trainer Karl Broberg’s JOEY B, a Kentucky-bred son of Freud who broke from the outside post as the favorite among ten going six furlongs around two turns and romped by 5½ lengths. Another Kentucky-bred son of Freud, Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Sharp Azteca, earned $650,000 for participation in the $16.3-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on January 27, in which he tried 1 1/8 miles for the first time while being piloted by a new jockey. Sharp Azteca also raced for some new owners: Ashley Quartarolo, Ron Paolucci’s Loooch Racing Stables, Inc., and M. Scharf in addition to his original owner, Ivan Rodriguez’s Gelfenstein Farm. An unfamiliar jockey at a new distance is not an ideal situation, and a rank Sharp Azteca’s natural speed was never utilized, but he still almost caught the Grade 1-winning fading front-runner (missing by a nose) while finishing ahead of three Grade/Group 2 winners.

Freud’s South American black type stakes-placers in January include listed winner TARDE O TEMPRANO, who placed third in the Group 3 Clasico General Francisco B. Bosch at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on dirt at Palermo in Buenos Aires on January 27 while racing for new owner Gran Muneca Stable. The filly has won five races at Palermo and placed in three Group 2 or Group 3 events. Placing third in the listed Clasico Perinox at 1,600 meters (about a mile) on dirt at Monterrico in Peru on January 14 was Freud’s son FIORAVANTTI, who 13 days later (January 27) won a 1,700-meter (about 1 1/16 miles) handicap on Monterrico dirt by 3¾ lengths. Top-weighted under almost 137 pounds in the latter outing, Fioravantti conceded about seven to 31 pounds to his ten rivals, whom he defeated easily.

Winning back-to-back 1,000-meter straightaway dirt sprints at Palermo during January were Freud’s son HOTY and daughter FUGA INCREIBLE. Hoty, a six-time winner (four on dirt, two on turf) racing for new owner Martincito Stable since last summer, beat nine rivals on January 8 and bested another seven rivals 17 days later, on January 25. Fuga Increible, racing for Los Tres Turquitos Stable, romped by six lengths against nine rivals on January 6, and 23 days later (on January 29) beat 12 rivals. Winning on Monterrico dirt at 1,300 meters (about 6½ furlongs) on January 19 was Freud’s son MR. CONNERY, who has three previous victories at Monterrico for Agustin Gabriel Stable at 1,000 meters. Also winning at Monterrico for Agustin Gabriel Stable – in her January 20 career debut – was Freud filly LA BOMBON, who beat seven rivals at a straight 1,000 meters on dirt despite breaking last and owning a distaff pedigree seemingly more suitable for going long on turf. Scoring his second career victory at Maronas in Uruguay on January 6 was Freud’s Uruguayan-bred son, SUPER FREUD, who beat 12 rivals from the outside post going a one-turn 1,500 meters (about 15/16ths of a mile) on dirt for Los Mareados Stable. Freud’s latest new winner in South America is his late-foaled 3-year-old (foaled 10-12-14) son, FROHE, who races for Las Delicias Stable and beat 14 rivals going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt at the Buenos Aires-area track of La Plata on Tuesday evening, January 30.


Mission Impazible’s Runners Break Maidens on Dirt (1st-Out) and Turf in NY & Fla. on Jan. 26 & 28

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By Rab Hagin

Recent maiden-breakers MISSION AWARENESS and MIDNIGHT MISSION boosted first-crop progeny earnings for Grade 2-winning millionaire MISSION IMPAZIBLE to more than $1.68-million, with wins on January 26 on Tampa Bay Downs turf and on January 28 under the rain on a sloppy Aqueduct track, respectively. Mission Impazible, a son of the 2017 late leading North American sire, UNBRIDLED’S SONG, and the leading New York-based juvenile sire and second-crop sire for 2017, has total progeny earnings of more than $2.6-million from two crops to race. Runners from his first crop have won 33 races to date and won or placed in six black type stakes. Mission Impazible’s second crop put him among the top 17 leading living North American-based juvenile sires for 2017 despite having the fewest 2-year-old starters among the top 25 North American juvenile sires and the second-fewest registered 2-year-olds.

Mission Awareness, owned by John A. Marceda, advanced wide from ninth place against his nine rivals to score at 1 1/16 miles on Tampa Bay Downs turf. Two days later, on a rainy Sunday at Aqueduct, Twin Creek Racing Stable LLC’s homebred Midnight Mission romped 4¾ lengths in his career debut as the odds-on choice going a sloppy seven furlongs in a $53,900 maiden special. Midnight Mission is a full brother to 2017 Grade 2-winning (by 9½ lengths at Saratoga) juvenile filly PURE SILVER ($286,367), who also is a homebred for the Twin Creeks Racing Stables, LLC, of primary owner Steve Davidson. Midnight Mission and Pure Silver are the first two named offspring produced from their dam, purchased by Twin Creeks Farm as a not-bred broodmare prospect at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s February 2012 mixed sale.


Mission Impazible Fillies Win 3 Races in 10-Day Span in January – Including Back-to-Back Big A Tallies

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By Rab Hagin

MISSION IMPAZIBLE fillies CANSOMEBODYPLEASE and IMPAZIBLE WOMAN broke their maidens on January 10 and 19 respectively, and another of his daughters, SHE’S DELIGHTFUL, followed the latter maiden-breaker on Aqueduct’s January 19 card by scoring a $57,000 allowance optional victory. All three fillies appear to be suddenly coming into form, presaging another outstanding season for their now third-crop sire, Grade 2-winning millionaire Mission Impazible, who has NYRA juvenile stakes winners in his first two crops.

Cansomebodyplease, owned and trained by Amber Cobb, was favored among eight going 5½ furlongs at Mahoning Valley Race Course in northeastern Ohio and led at all calls to score by 2¼ lengths. Nine days later at Aqueduct, Whisper Hill Farm LLC’s Impazible Woman became Mission Impazible’s 31st winner overall by beating eight rivals going six furlongs. In the next race on the same Big A card, She’s Delightful scored her second open-margin Aqueduct victory in 33 days by beating five rivals in a $57,000 allowance optional at six furlongs for her owner, William J. Terrill’s Our Sugar Bear Stable LLC. She’s Delightful was among Mission Impazible’s 12 second-crop 2-year-old winners in 2017.

For the 2017 season, Mission Impazible ranked 17th among the leading living North American-based juvenile sires (Northern Hemisphere 2-year-old progeny earnings) despite having the fewest juvenile starters among the top-25 on that list and the second-fewest registered 2-year-olds (64) among that same top-25. He was one of only three stallions to rank among both the top-25 living North American-based juvenile sires AND the top-25 living North American-based second-crop sires in Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings for 2017 – sharing that distinction with two Kentucky-based stallions standing for $60,000 and $20,000 in 2018. Mission Impazible ranked among the top-dozen living North American-based second-crop sires in 2017 Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings despite having the fewest starters (70) in 2017 among that top-dozen. Among the top-25 living North American-based second-crop sires for 2017, Mission Impazible was one of only five stallions whose cumulative Average-Earnings Index improved on the Comparable Index for mares that had produced their offspring.


First Foal of New York’s Most Popular Sire in 2017, the G2 Winning LAOBAN, is a Colt

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Becky Thomas is pleased to announce that the winning FREUD mare, Looksgoodfromhere foaled a healthy Bay Colt by Laoban on January 17th at 9:17pm at Saratoga Glen Farm. “He’s gorgeous!” said the happy owner, Kathy Barraclough. He is from the family of G1 Breeders Cup Classic winning millionaire CONCERN and G1 Test Stakes winner FARA’s TEAM.

The talented winner of the G2 Jim Dandy Stakes LAOBAN stands at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, New York for a syndicate by a joint venture between Southern Equine Stables, Sequel Thoroughbreds, McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds as well as Woodford Thoroughbreds.

“Laoban is an outstanding physical, son of a freaky sire, speed to burn and a great ownership group,” said Matt Lyons, Vice President and General Manager of Woodford Thoroughbreds, “a no-brainer! We are very excited for this first crop!”

Sequel Stallions New York is a perennial leading breeder in New York with the strongest stallion roster in the state. LAOBAN is joined by NY’s Leading Sire FREUD who has been called the cornerstone of the NY Breeding Program. New York’s Leading Sophomore Sire and Leading Sire of 2YO’s, MISSION IMPAZIBLE also calls Sequel New York home. Also standing at the sprawling 223-acre farm and state of the art facility are popular young sires ALPHA, STEPHANOATSEE and new for 2018 UNION JACKSON. For more information, visit

Mission Impazible Led NY’s 2017 2YO Sires & 2nd-Crop Sires – 1st Time in 6 Years Same Sire Tops Both

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By Rab Hagin

With 2017 progeny earnings of $1,787,446, MISSION IMPAZIBLE led New York-based 2017 second-crop sires by a figure that was more than three and quarter times the progeny earnings of the runner-up on that list – while also leading New York-based juvenile sires for 2017 with $1,058,063 in 2-year-old earnings. It was the first time in six years that the same stallion topped both lists among New York sires, and the stallion that did so in 2011 subsequently set an annual progeny earnings record for a New York sire (broken in 2017 by Freud) prior going to California. Mission Impazible also was the leading New York first-crop sire of 2016. His runners have earned a total of more than $2,440,000 through 2017.

It is rather unique for a leading first-crop sire’s second crop to be even more accomplished than his first, but that is what happened with Mission Impazible’s 2015 crop, consisting of newly-minted 3-year-olds of 2018, even though his first crop (2014) also continued winning in 2017. Over 86 percent of Mission Impazible’s lifetime winners through 2017 also won in 2017, when almost half were 2-year-olds. Highlighted by Twin Creek Racing Stables’ homebred Grade 2 winner, PURE SILVER ($286,367), Mission Impazible’s juveniles in 2017 scored in 17 races (ten on fast dirt, six on wet dirt, once on turf) and won or placed in ten black type stakes. Mission Impazible led all New York-based juvenile sires for 2017 in number of winners (12), races won, and number of stakes horses (stakes winners or stakes-placed).

Mission Impazible has sired open-company NYRA juvenile stakes winners – by big margins – in both of his first two crops. Four of his winners in his first crop to date are six-figure-earners. Seven of his second-crop juvenile winners of 2017 won their debuts (by margins totaling 19½ lengths), and three of those winners are still undefeated.