By Rab Hagin
The versatility of runners by FREUD was showcased at eight tracks on two continents during February of 2018, as 15 won – nine on dirt, four on turf, two on all-weather – at six different distances ranging from about five to nine furlongs during that short month. Freud’s offspring have earned more than $54.2-million in North and South America, where they have won 144 stakes events.
Highlighting Freud’s February winners was his multiple allowance-winning daughter, PSYCHO SISTER, who captured Golden Gate Fields’ Saturday allowance feature mile by 2¾ lengths at even money on that track’s all-weather Tapeta surface on February 24. Owned by Scott Herbertson, the Washington-bred who also has won on turf pulled away from the multiple stakes-placed runner-up, an earner of more than $353K. Freud’s other North American-winning daughters in February (both on Thursday evening, February 1) were FREUDLAND by 3¾ lengths from the outside post among nine going 1 1/16 miles on Penn National dirt and BRACKEN BELLE against nine rivals going six furlongs on Turfway Park’s all-weather Polytrack oval. Freudland, a Florida-bred owned by Catch Me If You Can Stables, also has won sprinting on turf. Bracken Belle, a May-foaled 3-year-old New York-bred filly owned by Greenhill Racing Stables, Inc. and trained by Jeffrey Greenhill, was the youngest starter in her contest.
Breaking his maiden against nine rivals going 1 1/16 miles on Gulfstream Park turf on Valentine’s Day (February 14) was Freud’s son FREUDIAN FALL, who sprinted his final five-sixteenths in less than 30 seconds to advance from eighth to overtake the runner-up favorite. Owned by George J. Kerr, New York-bred Freudian Fall prevailed despite being carried out late by his favored rival at equal weights.
In South America, where Freud’s Argentine-breds compete mainly at four tracks in Argentina and Peru, Freud’s recently black typed-placed FIORAVANTTI registered his third impressive effort in four weeks at Monterrico in Peru on February 11, scoring his first turf victory at 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) around two turns. Owned by Dona Licha Stable, Fioravantti has won at four different distances, successively stretching out after breaking his maiden at 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) on dirt. Freud’s other recent winners at Monterrico – both going 1,200 meters on dirt – were the filly ALMA RUPAY, who scored by 3¾ lengths against six on February 8, and the colt CHARPENTIER, who led throughout to tally by 3½ lengths against seven on February 24. Alma Rupay, who races for Soribel Stable, has won on dirt and turf at three different distances. Charpentier, who races for Dona Licha Stable (like Fioravantti), has four wins (at three different distances in Argentina and Peru) and two second-placings in 12 starts.
Defeating a formidable field of six at Argentina’s San Isidro on February 14 was Freud filly AKI MIRAME at 1,200 meters on dirt for owner El Zonda Stable, completing a fastest-in-the-race final quarter-mile (400 meters) in 23.29 to beat the recent group-placed runner-up despite conceding that rival six pounds. Aki Mirame also has won on San Isidro turf. Freud’s other recent winners at historic San Isidro – both against seven rivals – were SERVUS at 1,600 meters (about a mile) on dirt for El Sureno Stable on February 7 for his second victory in four starts and the filly LA PERGOLA for Valle Maria Stable on February 11. La Pergola’s tally at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) in her turf debut concluded a head-to-head battle to the wire against another winning Freud filly, REALIDAD ARGENTINA, with a four-length gap back to third. Winning on February 12 at another Buenos Aires-area Argentina track, Palermo, was Freud’s son MY LITTLE FREUD, who beat eight rivals at 1,200 meters on dirt in 1:09.90 for his fourth come-from-behind sprint victory in less than a year for owner Juan Martin Stable.
Breaking their maidens by two lengths each at Palermo in February were Freud’s daughter LAST GULCH on February 5 and son SOUTH PROSPECT on February 15 – the former at 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt for Amabil Stable; the latter at 1,200 meters on dirt for Isla Surena Stable. Winning first-out at another Buenos Aires-area track, La Plata, on February 13 was Freud’s son LOCO ROMA, who romped by four lengths as the only first-time-starter among nine going 1,200 meters on dirt. Owned by El Bochinche Stable, Loco Roma registered the biggest winning margin on La Plata’s 14-race February 13 card. Breaking her maiden by five lengths in her second start was 3-year-old Freud filly DAHLI DEBOSS against 11 rivals going 1,200 meters on San Isidro turf on February 24 for Ferre Stable. In her debut 27 days earlier, Dahli Deboss had led at mid-stretch after being rank initially against 12 rivals going 1,200 meters on turf but had faded late to finish two lengths behind the winner.