Highlighted by the top-weighted runner-up performance from SHARP AZTECA ($896,740) in the Grade 1 Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap on June 10 and by 12 winners in North and South American during the 10-day span of June 2-11, FREUD again leads all New York sires in progeny earnings – for 2017. It is a position Freud has occupied at the conclusions of three previous racing seasons, the most recent being 2016. In addition to $1,869,819 in 2017 North American progeny earnings (through June 11), Freud also leads all current New York sires in lifetime Average-Earnings Index and in 2017 turf earnings.
Multiple graded winner Sharp Azteca’s second-placing under top weight against 11 in the $1.2-million Met Mile elicited praise from his trainer, Jorge Navarro, who said, “He ran a huge race,” and his jockey, Paco Lopez, who reported the colt “tried very hard” and “maybe…needed one more work.” The winning favorite, to whom Sharp Azteca was conceding weight, is a paternal grandson of Freud’s full brother, GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. Sharp Azteca, conceived in New York, foaled in Kentucky, bred by a Texan who keeps his mares in Louisiana, races for Venezuelan Ivan Rodriguez Gelfenstein, whose farm is in Florida.
Freud’s latest North American winners include two late-foaled 3-year-old filly maiden-breakers plus turf and dirt veterans at Monmouth and Finger Lakes: ISLAND THERAPY ($158,492), who zipped 1 1/16 miles on Monmouth grass in 1:41.16, June 9, and FREUDSALM, who beat eight at 5½ furlongs at Finger Lakes, June 2. For Island Therapy, owned by Michael Dubb, it was his first victory at beyond a mile, scoring as the favorite against seven rivals, including a turf stakes-winning son of North America’s leading turf sire. Island Therapy was Freud’s 34th Northern Hemisphere winner of 2017. Freudsalm, a homebred Freud filly racing for Wanda Polisseni’s My Purple Haze Stables, led at all calls as the favorite among eight.
Breaking her maiden at 5½ furlongs against nine rivals in her second start on June 6 was Neal M. Allread’s RUN LIKE CARSON, a late-foaled (May 26, 2014) 3-year-old Freud filly who was easily the youngest – the only May-foaled sophomore – in her contest. Heading a 1-2-3 Freud trifecta in a $72,000 Belmont turf maiden special on June 9 was favored 3-year-old Freud filly DREAMY MARGARITA, a homebred for John L. Acierno III’s Gabrielle Farm and the youngest (foaled April 26, 2014) among 11 in her six-furlong contest, which she blazed in 1:07.79. Placing behind Dreamy Margarita were 3-year-old Freud fillies finishing a neck apart after closing from tenth to second (in her debut) and ninth to third (in her second start) – the runner-up being the only first-time starter in the race.
Freud’s eight South American winners during June 3-11 started with Argentine-breds TEPHRA going 1,600 meters (about a mile) on wet turf at San Isidro in Argentina and THE CROQUETOLOGIST going 700 meters (about 7/16ths of a mile) on a straightaway dirt track at Colonia in Uruguay – both on June 3. Tephra, a 3-year-old filly racing the Las Canarias (The Canary Islands) Stable, had broken her maiden going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt at Palermo in Argentina on May 1, and in her latest outing beat seven rivals, including the favored multiple Group 2-placed runner-up. It was the seventh score for The Croquetologist, who races for Santa Delfina Stable and has tallied at three Uruguayan tracks, including the nation’s major racing facility, Maronas, at 1,100 meters (about 5½ furlongs). Winning the next day (June 4) at Maronas for her third victory in 57 days was 2-year-old Uruguayan-bred Freud filly CHIA F, who scored by almost two lengths against eight rivals going 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) under the white and green silks of Rincon del Rey Stable. Leading gate-to-wire from the seventh post among eight for her first tally at 1,600 meters at Palermo in Argentina on June 5 was The Morning Stable’s 3-year-old Argentine-bred Freud filly, REINA ANA, whose rivals included the favored Group 2-placed runner-up. Chimpay Stable’s Argentine homebred daughter of Freud, FREUDS FEMME, got her third under-lights victory at San Isidro in Argentina on June 7 when she circled the field six-wide to beat nine rivals from the eighth post. The next day (June 8) at Palermo, Le Fragole Stable’s 2-year-old Argentine-bred Freud colt, RACCONTO, broke his maiden in his second start by beating 11 rivals at 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt in 1:22.49. Second in his May 1 debut going 1,400 meters on Palermo turf, Racconto joined aforementioned juvenile filly Chia F as Freud’s fifth 2-year-old Southern Hemisphere winner of the current Southern Hemisphere racing season. The next day (June 9) at San Isidro, another Freud runner broke her maiden when 3-year-old Argentine-bred filly METRONIA beat ten rivals going 1,100 meters on dirt while racing under the light powder-blue and white silks of La Primavera Stable. Yet another 3-year-old Argentine-bred Freud filly broke her maiden on June 11 – at Monterrico in Lima, Peru – when Soribel Stable’s ALMA RUPAY ran down most of her ten rivals following a slow start at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on Monterrico’s straightaway dirt track.
By Rab Hagin