Unbeaten Therapist Wins $100K Laurel Futurity to Highlight Sensational 3 Days for 5 Winners by Freud

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By Rab Hagin

From last to first as the youngest among nine, unbeaten THERAPIST showcased his talent by winning the $100,000 Laurel Futurity in 1:09.50 for six furlongs on turf on Saturday, September 16, even after the flashy FREUD colt had crashed through the gate prior to the start. Despite all his eagerness, Therapist still broke next-to-last and was squeezed back to last shortly thereafter, but those setbacks seemed inconsequential. With a quarter-mile to run, he was sixth and appeared blocked along the rail before angling outside and accelerating, overtaking the closing, odds-on third-place finisher plus the mid-stretch leader and eventual runner-up by racing his final individual eighth-mile split in about 11 seconds.  Therapist’s final furlong was easily the fastest of 54 individual furlong splits posted by the nine equally-weighted Laurel Futurity starters, and he was the youngest (foaled May 22, 2015) among those starters.

A homebred for Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stables, Therapist was the only Laurel Futurity starter competing without medication – in addition to running without blinkers, bandages, or shadow roll. He was coming off a debut victory over nine rivals in a $62,000 Belmont turf maiden special on July 2, in which he also broke slowly and lagged back before rushing through his final furlong to win that six-furlong contest by almost two lengths. Jockey Daniel Centeno, who rode Therapist for the first time in the Laurel Futurity, reported the competitive colt might have been somewhat on edge: “It was only his second start, and he got nervous,” said Centeno. “I got lucky he didn’t get hurt in the gate. I was watching the (odds-on) favorite (winner of an $83,000 Saratoga open maiden special on turf by more than two lengths), and turning for home, I put him into gear and he responded. He galloped out strong.”

Therapist is Freud’s 54th stakes winner, 24th Northern Hemisphere repeat winner of 2017, and among Freud’s five 2-year-old winners (six wins) of 2017. His trainer and co-breeder, Christophe Clement, also trained Freud’s recently-retired three-time graded winner, LUBASH ($1,515,139), a homebred for Leonard Pivnick’s Aliyu Ben J Stables. “He’s perfectly sound and is retiring as a sound horse,” remarked Clement in reference to Lubash, adding, “He’s a…well-balanced horse and had a great turn of foot.”

Great turn of foot is an understatement. Lubash’s two-turn turf record, including a course record-setting stakes performance of 1:39.08 for 1 1/16 miles on Belmont’s inner turf, overshadows his 12½-length maiden-breaking win going six furlongs on Aqueduct dirt and a seven-furlong victory romp in 1:20.32.

Therapist, who is his dam’s first 2-year-old winner, first stakes winner, and represents the first black type within two generations for his female family, was among Freud’s five winners during Thursday-Friday-Saturday, September 14, 15, and 16. On Thursday, owner-trainer Judy Woodbury’s route-loving son of Freud, UNCLE MITCHO ($142,334), won a $53,750 Kentucky Downs starter allowance by 5¼ lengths going 1½ miles under top weight on that facility’s rolling (and yielding) turf course – 18 days after having broken his own 1½-mile turf course record at Belterra Park. Among the nine rivals (four of them six-figure-earners) that Uncle Mitcho was conceding weight to were two stakes second-placers, including the even-money runner-up, a $336,432-earner who had missed by a neck in a Grade 2 turf event.

Among three winners representing Freud on the same day as Therapist was BAMBOO STICK ($172,867), who beat seven fillies and mares going 6½ furlongs at Hollywood Casino Charles Town for her fourth victory of the year for owners Kelli Norton and Frank Fiumera, enhancing a never-worse-than-fourth nine-start 2017 season. At Finger Lakes, Castle Village Farm’s son of Freud, SPARTAN EMPEROR, scored his third victory of 2017 and fourth career tally by 2½ lengths at odds-on going 5½ furlongs on Friday, September 15. The next day at Finger Lakes, owner-trainer M. Anthony Ferraro’s black type stakes-placed six-figure-earning filly, CRAZY LOVE, romped by 10½ lengths at odds-on going gate-to-wire at a mile for her fourth victory, becoming Freud’s 76th Northern Hemisphere winner of 2017.

Freud’s 2017 North American progeny earnings of almost $4-million (more than $47-million cumulative) not only ranks him as the unchallenged leading New York-based sire for 2017, but also puts him well ahead of his previous in-state rivals who have since been relocated to California and South America.

In Argentina on Sunday, September 17, Argentine-bred Freud filly TARDE O TEMPRANO indicated she might be her sire’s next South American black type stakes winner by scoring her fourth victory in eight starts with a four-length romp at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on dirt at Palermo in Buenos Aires. Owned by Mingo Y La Maruca Stable, Tarde O Temprano has tried turf once – in a Group 1 event against 17 rivals in her only outing at San Isidro (also in Buenos Aires) – which might have been an unfamiliar scenario for attempting a new surface. For the current 2016-2017 Southern Hemisphere season which began in July, Freud already is represented by group winners KEY DANCE and ORANGE NUGGET.

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

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Through Sept. 16, 2017, FREUD has sired 54 stakes winners that have won 135 events identified as “stakes” – including graded races on dirt, turf, and synthetic. These 135 stakes victories have occurred at 27 tracks in four countries and one commonwealth in two hemispheres, ranging from 5½ furlongs up to 1½ miles. By surface, 66 have been on turf, 64 on dirt, and 5 on synthetic. By age, 20 have been won by 2-year-olds, 47 by 3-year-olds, 24 by 4-year-olds, 28 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, 13 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 54 stakes winners and the distances, tracks, surfaces, and seasons at, on, and during which their 135 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

 

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

 

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

 

SHARP AZTECA, colt, 2013

  • Grade 2, mile, Gulfstream Park dirt, 2017
  • Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Monmouth Park dirt, 2017 (new track record)
  • Grade 3, mile, Churchill Downs dirt, 2016
  • 7 furlongs, Laurel Park dirt, 2016

 

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 Park 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

 

KEY DANCE (ARG), filly, 2012

  • Group 2, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), turf, San Isidro (Argentina), 2017
  • Group 2, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), turf, Palermo (Argentina), 2017
  • Group 2, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2017
  • Group 3, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2016
  • Group 3, 1,600 meters (abt. 1 mile), dirt, Palermo (Argentina), 2016

 

STREET LOLO (ARG), colt 2012

  • Group 2, 2,400 meters (abt. 1 1/2 miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016
  • Group 3, 1,800 meters (abt. 1 1/8 miles), turf, Monterrico (Peru), 2016

 

ORANGE NUGGET (ARG), filly, 2013

  • Group 2, 1,600 meters, turf (heavy), San Isidro (Argentina), 2017

 

FOURSTAR CROOK, filly/mare, 2012

  • Grade 3, 1 1/16 miles, Parx Racing turf, 2017
  • Mile, Belmont Park outer turf (yielding), 2017
  • 1 1/16 miles, Saratoga outer turf (yielding), 2016
  • 1 1/8 miles, Belmont Park inner turf, 2016

 

MR. VEGAS, gelding, 2007

  • Grade 3, abt. 1 1/16 miles, Fair Grounds turf (good), 2012

 

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

 

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

 

BOOM BOOM SIENA (ARG), filly, 2012

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

 

THERAPIST, colt, 2015 – 6 furlongs, Laurel Park turf, 2017

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

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

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

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

Freud’s 14th Graded/Group Winner – Argentine-Bred Orange Nugget – Wins G2 in Turf & Stakes Debut

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By Rab Hagin

Two weeks after winning her second start, Argentine-bred ORANGE NUGGET won her stakes and turf debut in the Group 2 Clasico Sibila at San Isidro in Buenos Aires on Saturday, September 9, becoming the 14th graded/group winner sired by FREUD. The 4-year-old filly (still 24 days shy of her chronological October 3 birthday) was the only starter in the 1,600-meter (about a mile) Sibila who was not already a multiple winner or had fewer than 12 previous outings. Owned by Principesco Stable, Orange Nugget now has two wins and a second in three starts, having been a rapidly-closing runner-up in her debut last January before breaking her maiden easily by five lengths against nine rivals at San Isidro on August 26.

The one-turn weight-for-age Sibila for fillies and mares, four years old and up, marked Orange Nugget’s introduction to turf. She initially appeared uncertain on the wet course, trailing all but one of her six rivals and running much of the left-hand turn on her right lead before belatedly switching to her left, on which she remained until the upper stretch. About a quarter-mile from the finish, jockey Pablo Gustavo Falero coaxed Orange Nugget back onto her right lead, after which she closed almost ten lengths to overtake the runner-up, who had six wins and was coming off a group victory in August. The six rivals finishing behind Orange Nugget collectively had registered 23 victories, including four group tallies.

Orange Nugget is among 13 winners (15 wins) and two group winners to represent Freud in the 2016-2017 Southern Hemisphere season (beginning in July), joining Freud’s six-time group-winning daughter, KEY DANCE, who ironically placed second in the 2016 Sibila (with a total of eight wins before and after).

Other recent Argentine-bred winners sired by Freud include Misterio Stable’s GRAN CONCEPTO, an earlier San Isidro winner who scored his second career victory at Palermo (also in Buenos Aires) on August 25, romping by four lengths from the outside post against 11 rivals at 1,600 meters on wet dirt. Also scoring her second victory, at Monterrico in Lima, Peru, was Soribel Stable’s ALMA RUPAY, a Freud filly who on September 3 won her turf debut and first effort at stretching out to 1,600 meters, tallying by a length while drawing clear from eight rivals. Winning first-out by 3½ lengths at San Isidro on August 26 was Los Cozacos Stable’s newly-minted 3-year-old Freud filly, INTRATABLE FREUD, who scored by 3½ lengths going away against eight rivals at 1,600 meters on wet (heavy) dirt.

In North America, 21 of Freud’s offspring won during the 30-day span of August 9 through September 7, highlighted by winners of two $75,000 Saratoga turf allowances: NOBLE FREUD ($148,200) on August 13 and stakes-placed AMAZING ANNE ($275,402) on September 1. Noble Freud, whose owners are listed as Head of Plains Partners LLC, Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC, Kisber, and Medallion Racing, scored by almost two lengths from the eighth post at near even money as the youngest among nine fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs. She was the only May-foaled (May 22, 2014) 3-year-old filly in the contest. Amazing Anne, owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc., beat 11 fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.

Breaking his own Belterra Park mile and a half turf course record in a starter allowance on August 27 was Freud’s son UNCLE MITCHO ($112,334), who scored by three lengths in 2:29.31 for owner-trainer Judy Woodbury after dueling the odds-on front-runner into out of the money at equal weights. Winning two-turn 6½-furlong allowances in Alberta, Canada were Freud’s 3-year-old son ALBERTA OIL by a length and a half against six rivals at Northlands Park on August 12 and Freud filly COSMIC DREAMS as the only female in her Grande Prairie contest on August 27. It was the second win of the summer in four starts for Alberta Oil, who races for Al P. Pitchko and was facing older rivals. Florida-bred Cosmic Dreams races for owner-trainer Elaine Edwards. Winning Louisiana Downs’ 5½-furlong Labor Day feature allowance by almost two lengths over the runner-up favorite was Katina Milburn’s Louisiana-bred son of Freud, CHASIN GRACIE, who led gate to wire against six rivals. Winning open (outside of state-bred company) 5½-furlong allowances at Finger Lakes were homebred Freud 3-year-olds DAVID’S ELAINE as the youngest (foaled May 14, 2014) in the September 5 feature for fillies and mares and FREUD’S FRIEND by three lengths at odds-on against 3-year-olds and up on September 8. David’s Elaine races for David E. Ahearn. Freud’s Friend, another late-foaled (April 29, 2014) 3-year-old, races for Francis J. Paolangeli.

Freud’s other recent victors include Dona Licha’s Argentine-bred Group 1 Peruvian winner, ALEX ROSSI, who enhanced his six-figure earnings with a 4¼-length romp over the runner-up favorite in a two-turn Del Mar dirt mile contest on August 10 for his second score over a favorite in 27 days. Winning from the outside post against nine rivals going a two-turn 7½ furlongs on Gulfstream Park turf on August 19 for his second win in seven weeks and third career tally was Freud’s favored son, GEAR JAMMER, who races for Blue Devil Racing Stable (Marc Holliday). Freud’s DOT MATRIX ($149,469), who races for Ten Strike Racing, went gate to wire against nine rivals in 1:46.50 for 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga turf on August 24, holding off the equally-weighted runner-up favorite, a Saratoga turf Grade 2-placed earner of $200K-plus, with a final three-eighths in 35.12. Winning six-furlong sprints at Finger Lakes were Freud’s sons FLY ME on August 21 and SUCKITUPBUSTER on September 6, followed by front-running Freud filly winner GONABEFAMOUS going 5½ furlongs at Finger Lakes on September 9. Fly Me, a homebred for Langpap Stables, won by daylight as the only 3-year-old facing eight older rivals for his second victory in three weeks and third career tally. Suckitupbuster, a dirt and turf winner owned by Gold Star Racing Stable LLC, was favored for his four-length romp and seventh career victory. Gonabefamous scored her fourth victory by two lengths at equal weights against a field that included four six-figure-earners while racing for Judy Anderson. Scoring against six rivals going 5½ furlongs at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico on August 23 was Establo Trece Negro’s son of Freud, PLEASURE PRINCIPLE ($149,417).

Breaking their maidens at Saratoga were Freud fillies AMBER DANCER and TRES CHARMANT going 5½ furlongs on turf on August 10 and 21 respectively and BERNING ROSE going seven furlongs on dirt on August 30. Amber Dancer beat nine rivals in a $73,000 maiden special (a Freud filly exacta) for owner Carmineddie Stables. Tres Charmant, a 3-year-old homebred racing for TLC Thoroughbreds, won by two lengths against nine rivals. Berning Rose, a homebred juvenile filly racing for Robert D. Rosenthal and Bradford H. Bernstein, won a $73,000 maiden special by five lengths against the favored runner-up. Breaking their maidens at Finger Lakes were Freud 3-year-old fillies DULCITA and SONG FOR THE SOUL on August 9 and September 7 respectively and Freud juvenile colt FABULOUS PRINCE on September 2. Dulcita won at six furlongs for Michael S. Foster and Franklin Almanzar. Song for the Soul, racing for Ice Wine Stable, was odds-on while breaking from the outside post as the youngest among seven in a five-furlong maiden special. Fabulous Prince, owned by Richie Rich Racing Stable, won a 5½-furlong maiden special by five lengths as the youngest among seven to become Freud’s fifth 2-year-old winner of 2017.

Mission Impazible Gets 4th 2YO Victor of the Summer With $73K MSW Spa Winner Against 8 Rivals

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Entered for dirt or turf, 2-year-old ENGINEERS REPORT beat eight rivals in a $73,000 maiden special at Saratoga on Sunday, September 3, as the precocious colt became the fourth juvenile winner of the summer from the second crop of leading New York juvenile sire MISSION IMPAZIBLE. The victory boosted Mission Impazible to among the top six living North American-based juvenile sires for 2017, of which he is the only member standing outside of Kentucky. Run at 5½ furlongs on a sloppy main track, the off-the turf contest was the second outing for Engineers Report, whose owners are listed as Dubb, Monomoy Stables, LLC, The Elkstone Group LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC. The April-foaled colt was the 12th Northern Hemisphere winner to represent Mission Impazible in 2017 and is Mission Impazible’s 17th Northern Hemisphere winner overall.

Five yearlings from Mission Impazible’s third crop have been cataloged for Keeneland’s September sale, scheduled for auction on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, September 21-22-23. They are:

Hip No. 3293, filly – First offspring produced from half-sister to near-millionaire RED RIFLE ($997,760), a track record-setting Grade 2 winner on both dirt and turf and also a graded winner on all-weather. Dam also is half-sister to black-type stakes-winning filly NOTTE D’ORO ($242,482).

Hip No. 3657, colt – Full brother to Grade 2 winner (since catalog) PURE SILVER ($234,700), winner of Saratoga’s Grade 2 Adirondack by 9½ lengths. Baring updates, he is the only full brother to a Grade 2 winner in Keeneland’s entire sixth catalog. Stakes-winning dam JEHAN ($302,683) was fast, sound, and won on all surfaces (dirt, turf, all-weather) and circuits – though not as precocious as this colt’s sister.

Hip No. 3856, colt – His Aqueduct and Belmont allowance-winning half-brother (earnings now $147,554) recently won 1 1/16-mile allowance optional at Belmont, coming home his final five-sixteenths of a mile in well under 28 seconds. Allowance optional-winning dam won on dirt and turf.

Hip No. 3955, colt – His young six-time winning dam was even more versatile than her multiple stakes-winning full brother, CITIZEN, scoring on dirt and turf at distances from six furlongs to a mile and 70. Dam’s two previous registered offspring both debuted this summer: Her 3-year-old son recently placed second among nine; her 2-year-old daughter placed third among nine in $62,000 maiden special debut.

Hip No. 3965, colt – Dam’s two starters (her first two offspring) have both won, including this colt’s full brother, who won a maiden special at Aqueduct as a 2-year-old by 5¾ lengths. Out of MEDAGLIA D’ORO mare from speedy family of California graded-winning sprinters.

Mission Impazible Has Another 2017 Saratoga Stakes 2YO in Funny Cide Runner-Up Inalienable Rights

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By Rab Hagin

In his second start and stakes debut, Alan Brodsky’s INALIENABLE RIGHTS placed second among eight juveniles in Saratoga’s $200,000 Funny Cide Stakes at 6½ furlongs on Friday, August 25, as the stretch-running MISSION IMPAZIBLE colt again beat the contest’s favorite at equal weights. Inalienable Rights was somehow allowed to go off at generous odds (18.40-to-1) despite having won first-out by almost two lengths against nine rivals in a $62,000 Belmont maiden special at six furlongs six weeks earlier. Half of the eight starters in the Funny Cide were sons of Kentucky-based stallions that stood in 2017 for fees ranging from $10,000 (two of the starters) to $25,000 to $75,000.

Inalienable Rights scraped the left side of the starting gate while breaking from the seventh post and raced “well off the inside” thereafter, going four-wide on the turn before angling out to the seventh path for his stretch run. He was in fifth place at the five-sixteenths pole before overtaking three rivals (all at equal weights) in the run to the wire, passing the previously unbeaten favorite, winner of Belmont’s Rockville Centre Stakes less than six weeks earlier, about five strides from the finish. Inalienable Rights’ jockey, Junior Alvarado, remarked after the Funny Cide that he thought his mount, who also closed a length on the winner in the final furlong, “would have appreciated a little more distance” and added that it was a “good effort.”

Less than two weeks earlier, Mission Impazible’s 2-year-old daughter, PURE SILVER ($217,200), had won Saratoga’s Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes by an astounding 9½ lengths as the top-weighted favorite among eight for her third victory in as many starts and second NYRA stakes tally.

Mission Impazible also was represented by new 2017 winners on August 18 and 19 when his first-crop 3-year-old daughters IMPAZIBLE PAT and IMPAZIBLE ANGELA scored by open margins at Evangeline Downs and Finger Lakes, respectively. Impazible Pat, a Florida-bred racing for Patricia M. and Kevin B. Fontenot and Perry Judice, broke her maiden by 6½ lengths at odds-on among seven going a mile and 70 yards in Louisiana. The next day, Sequel Racing’s semi-homebred Impazible Angela went five-wide on the turn to advance from eighth among 11 going six furlongs, as the late April-foaled sophomore filly beat a field that included five older rivals to score her second open-margin victory.

These recent efforts kept Mission Impazible among the top-five living North American juvenile sires for 2017 and the only one of those top-five standing outside of Kentucky.