Ten winners and three stakes-placers within 45 days boosted the 2017 Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings for FREUD well above $1-million through May 3, which is earlier than Freud’s runners reached that milestone in 2016, when his annual offspring earnings eventually topped $5.1-million to lead all New York sires. Freud has been the leading New York sire in annual Northern Hemisphere progeny earnings for three seasons and twice has had annual earnings exceeding $5-million, and he currently owns lifetime progeny earnings north of the equator totaling more than $44.3-million. Freud’s average earnings per runner of $77,500-plus (including recent first-time starters) is more than 25 percent higher than that of his closest competitor within New York’s top-five leading sires in 2017 progeny earnings.
South of the equator, Freud’s progeny earnings are approaching $1-million in U.S. equivalent funds for the current Southern Hemisphere racing season and have exceeded $2.8-million cumulatively.
Freud’s North American April allowance winners were FREUDIE ANNE ($362,308) at Laurel Park on the 14th, TERRY O GERI at Aqueduct on the 19th, HEAD SHRINKER at Finger Lakes on the 22nd, and BAMBOO STICK ($147,223) at Finger Lakes on the 29th. 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, is three-for-three in 2017 following her odds-on turf tally among nine going a mile in 1:35.52, covering her second half-mile in 47.23. Terry O Geri, a 3-year-old colt owned by Sean Shay, scored by 4½ lengths over the odds-on runner-up at seven furlongs on Aqueduct’s main track after having broken his maiden on Aqueduct’s inner dirt a month earlier. Head Shrinker, a filly racing for Donna Marie Provenzano’s Flying P Stable, captured Finger Lakes’ Saturday co-feature by 4¼ lengths against five rivals going 4½ furlongs. Bamboo Stick, owned by Kelli Norton and Frank Flumera, has won back-to-back Saturday features at 4½ furlongs at Charles Town and Finger Lakes by multiple lengths three weeks apart in April, scoring her latest by 6½ lengths as the favored co-topweight among six.
Other impressive springtime winners by Freud included stakes-placed TURF CRAZE ($149,128), who scored back-to-back victories going 6½ furlongs at Charles Town on March 9 (by 6½ lengths at odds-on) and March 23 (by 3½ lengths; top-weighted among eight mares) while racing for Romar LLC. Freud’s recent Aqueduct winners also include THE UNDERSHERIFF by six lengths as the favorite going a mile and 70 yards on the inner track on March 25 and CATS HALO as the co-topweight among nine going 6½ furlongs on Aqueduct’s main track on April 23. The Undersheriff, a colt, races for Gold Star Racing Stable, Gabrielle Farm and William D. Hart, Sr.; Cats Halo, a filly, races for Jim and Margaret Caterbone.
Freud’s recent maiden-breakers include 3-year-old GOING COUNTRY, who scored by three lengths at odds-on going 5½ furlongs at Fair Grounds on March 19, and the filly DREAM A LITTLE, who beat 11 as the favorite going six furlongs on wet Belmont turf on April 28. Going Country, owned by Jack B. Wright, won while chronologically still a 2-year-old, scoring 38 days prior to his chronological third birthday. Dream a Little, owned by Alifyfe Racing, LLC, won her second start following a close runner-up debut at Belmont in September. Winning a $62,000 seven-furlong Belmont turf maiden special on May 3 was Mr. Amore Stables’ homebred Freud colt, WHATSTOTALKABOUT, who beat traffic and 10 rivals in 1:21.70.
In a recent 37-day span, Freud’s runners placed in four black-type stakes at major tracks, including graded/group mile events on three continents. Gelfenstein Farm’s SHARP AZTECA ($676,740) placed third as the second-youngest among 13 in the $1-million Godolphin Mile at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai on March 25, earning $100,000 while missing total victory by a length. It was his first effort on a muddy track, and afterwards trainer Jorge Navarro expressed frustration that Sharp Azteca’s jockey, Edgard Zayas, had allowed the competitive Freud colt to go for the lead while still four-wide on the turn. “Zayas moved way too early. That’s what we talked about. That was the plan. Don’t make a move too early.”
Five weeks after the Godolphin Mile (April 29), Aliyu Ben J Stables’ homebred LUBASH ($1,498,139) launched his 2017 debut with a closing third-place effort under top weight in Gulfstream Park’s graded Miami Mile Stakes at two turns on turf. Multiple graded winner Lubash prefers to pursue fast early fractions, which he did not get in the Miami Mile, but the durable Freud stallion’s stretch speed is still devastating. He closed 3½ lengths in the final quarter-mile and 2½ lengths on the also-closing odds-on winner even though the final quarter went in 22.15, missing second by a nose and victory by a length.
On May 1, Santa Ines Stable’s awesome Argentine homebred Freud filly, KEY DANCE, placed third in the Group 1 Gran Premio de las Americas-OSAF at Palermo in Buenos Aires as the only female against seven males going 1,600 meters (about a mile) on dirt in 1:33.28. Arguably South America’s best female miler on dirt or turf, Key Dance led most of the way before being overtaken in the final 50 yards.
At Aqueduct on April 22, 3-year-old Freud filly NOBLE FREUD placed second in her stakes debut and second start in the $100,000 New York Stallion Park Avenue at 6½ furlongs, competing as one of the two youngest (foaled May 22, 2014) and the least seasoned among seven. In her February 16 career debut, Noble Freud had romped by six lengths as the youngest among nine in a six-furlong $72,000 Oaklawn Park maiden special. She races for Head of Plains Partners LLC, Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC, Kisber et al.
In a recent 47-day span in South America, Freud was represented by 15 winners of 16 races in Argentina, Peru, and Uruguay, starting with his Argentine-bred daughters BRANGELINA and ATENDELA FREUD, who both scored their third career victories on San Isidro’s March 15 card in Buenos Aires. Brangelina, who races for Sala de Guardia Stable, won by 2½ lengths against seven rivals going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on fast dirt. Then the rains came, but Atendela Freud, racing for Don Ricardo Stable, scored by three lengths against seven rivals going 1,100 meters (about 5½ furlongs) for her first wet track tally. Four days later (March 19) at Argentina’s La Plata racecourse, Orilla del Monte Stable’s Argentine homebred Freud filly, BOLD FREUD, scored by four lengths at 1,600 meters for her fourth victory. Freud’s turf sprinting son, IL EST FABULEUX, captured a 1,000-meter (about five furlongs) sprint on a wet course by three lengths against nine rivals at San Isidro on April 15 for owner Stud Valdi. El Zonda Stable’s dirt-and-turf-winning Freud filly, AKI MIRAME, won a 1,200-meter (about six furlongs) sprint on La Plata dirt by seven lengths against nine rivals on April 20. San Benito Stable’s homebred Freud filly, DONA TECA, won by six lengths against seven rivals going 1,400 meters on dirt on April 21 at San Isidro, where she previously had tallied by big margins on both dirt and turf. These six Argentina-based multiple winners have won 20 races to date – 13 on dirt and seven on turf.