In her first start off an eight-month layoff, favored FOURSTAR CROOK ($424,050) won Belmont’s $125,000 Mount Vernon Stakes against six rivals on Memorial Day Monday, May 29, more easily than her three-quarter-length margin indicated, as the daughter of FREUD scored her seventh consecutive victory. The Mount Vernon marked Fourstar Crook’s first stakes score at a mile, which she ran faster on yielding turf than males (including multiple graded turf winners) in the one-mile Kingston Stakes on the same card. She races for Michael Dubb, Michael J. Caruso’s Bethlehem Stables LLC, and Gary Aisquith.
Winning jockey Javier Castellano, who had piloted Fourstar Crook to previous stakes victories at Saratoga and Belmont, indicated she is an easy ride: “She handled the ground so well. She’s a special filly; I love the way she always (moves). If the turf is firm, (or) soft, you can put her wherever you want, (and) she’ll always kick. She’s very consistent and smart. She does everything the right way.”
Winning trainer Chad Brown suggested Fourstar Crook is better than ever: “We gave her some time off, and she put a lot of weight on. Even this year I saw another step forward. She’s a stronger horse.”
Fourstar Crook was the tenth Northern Hemisphere winner to represent Freud in May, having been preceded during the month by feature allowance winners WICKED FREUD ($217,274) and SUCKITUPBUSTER and by other winners WILD FREUD, AQUARIUS, and SHIFT CHANGE plus four maiden-breakers. Wicked Freud, Patricia A. Generazio’s consistent homebred, won his first start off an almost six-month layoff with a two-length score against eight rivals in a $77,000 Belmont turf allowance mile on May 21, clocking 1:32.96. Suckitupbuster, owned by Gold Star Racing Stable LLC, won a 4½-furlong allowance co-feature at Finger Lakes against six rivals on May 8 for his third consecutive victory and fifth career tally – four on dirt, one on turf. Wild Freud, owned by E.V. Stable, romped by 4¼ lengths in his first venture beyond a mile in a 1 1/16-mile contest at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico on May 19 after having previously tallied at five and six furlongs (the latter at Belmont). Aquarius, Patricia L. Moseley’s semi-homebred mare, prevailed in a three-way photo that included another daughter of Freud, scoring from the outside post among nine starters going five furlongs at Finger Lakes on May 20. Shift Change, Robert Murray’s quick-breaking Freud filly, led gate to wire while going 5½ furlongs from the seventh post against eight rivals at Parx Racing on May 28.
Breaking their maidens in May were Freud’s runners JAZZY JUDER on May 4 and CARRY YOUR HEELS on May 17 – both on Belmont turf – and CHASIN GRACIE at Evangeline Downs on May 25 and FREUDEE at Monmouth on May 29. Jazzy Juder, a Freud filly racing for Michael Dubb, Sheep Pond Partners, and Bethlehem Stables LLC, romped by 2¾ lengths against 11 rivals in 1:22.27 for seven furlongs in her first turf outing. Carry Your Heels, a 3-year-old filly racing for Theodore Gatsas, won a $62,000 six-furlong maiden special in 1:09.26 against ten rivals, including a fast-closing debuting Freud filly that passed five in the final furlong to place second. Chasin Gracie, a Louisiana-bred owned by Katina Milburn and bred by Cloyce D. Clark Jr. – also breeder of Freud’s Grade 2 winner SHARP AZTECA ($676,740) – won decisively against seven rivals going 5½ furlongs. Freudee, a filly owned by Albert Perrone and Laura Reynolds, scored by three lengths going 5½ furlongs in the slop even though her jockey lost his whip.
Placing in Memorial Day stakes at Belmont were Freud runners NOBLE FREUD, runner-up from the ninth post among 10 in the Bouwerie for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs in the slop; LUBASH ($1,510,639), third in the Kingston; and FREUDIE ANNE ($374,808), third under top weight in Fourstar Crook’s Mount Vernon. Noble Freud, who races for Head of Plains Partners LLC, Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC, and Kisber et al, was the youngest (foaled May 22, 2014) and least experienced (third start) Bouwerie contestant and led to the final sixteenth in her first wet track outing. It was her second stakes runner-up effort. Three-time graded winner Lubash, the Aliyu Ben J Stables homebred, prefers firm turf and a fast pace and got neither in the Kingston, but he still placed third among eight while spotting weight to the top two finishers, boosting his earnings to over $1.5-million. Freudie Anne, a stakes winner on dirt and turf racing for original owner Marc Detampel and partners Fergus Galvin, Jayne Doi Johnson, and Adrian Mansergh Wallace, came off a three-for-three record in 2017 and led to the final furlong.
Freudie Anne’s record is of particular note in light of the announcement that Aqueduct’s inner dirt track, which hosted Big A winter racing for 42 years, is being converted to a second turf course for Aqueduct’s 2017 fall meet. An additional turf course bodes well for offspring of Freud, who has led all New York sires in turf earnings for the last ten seasons (while also siring three Grade/Group 1 dirt winners), but Freudie Anne is among five of Freud’s stakes winners of six stakes on Aqueduct’s inner dirt. The others: UNCLE T. SEVEN ($533,238) 2009; FREUD’S NOTEBOOK ($427,306) 2013; LIGHTS OFF ANNIE ($209,671) in 2009 and 2010; and current 3-year-old BAVARO ($134,000) in 2016. Freudie Anne won the East View Stakes on Aqueduct’s inner track by 9¾ lengths as a 2-year-old in 2014 for her first stakes victory.
In South America, where Freud’s Argentine-conceived progeny earnings for the current racing season have topped $1-million and are nearly $3-million cumulatively, Freud’s runners scored eight victories during May through May 30. Winning his 2017 debut at Monterrico near Lima, Peru was Dona Licha Stable’s Argentine-bred 3-year-old, CHARPENTIER, who tallied by four lengths at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on dirt on May 4 and nine days later romped by five lengths against eight rivals going 1,200 meters (about six furlongs). Also winning on May 4, at La Plata in Argentina, was Juan Martin Stable’s son of Freud, MY LITTLE FREUD, who closed from eighth in the upper stretch against ten rivals going 1,000 meters and scored going away for his second tally in a month. Running erratically in a 1,000-meter sprint on the straightaway dirt track at Palermo in Argentina on May 28 – and yet still winning by an open margin in 55.88 against seven rivals – was Freud filly TARDE O TEMPRANO, who races for Mingo Y La Maruca Stable. The next day (May 29) at Palermo, Kevin-Alexis Stable’s route-running son of Freud, FREUD MORO, dropped back to 1,600 meters (about a mile) on dirt and tallied by 2½ lengths from the outside post against seven rivals in 1:34.41 for his fourth career victory.
Three Argentine-breds by Freud broke their maidens during May at tracks in and around Buenos Aires. Mayflower Stable’s 3-year-old CARATACO debuted with an eight-length romp against 13 rivals going 1,600 meters on wet dirt (in 1:34.61) at Palermo on May 15. The talented colt was the only first-time starter in the contest and was the ninth choice at double-digit odds, reflecting the rarity of maidens debuting at 1,600 meters in South America. Also winning his debut, on May 27 at San Isidro, was Garabo Stable’s 2-year-old Freud colt, GOBIERNO DIGNO, who beat 14 rivals going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on heavy (wet) turf. Breaking her maiden against 14 rivals on May 30 going 1,300 meters (about 6½ furlongs) at La Plata was Freud’s daughter, SLEEPY FREUD, who races for El Principio Stable.
By Rab Hagin