By Rab Hagin
Drawing away to a 2½-length score under wraps, Argentine-bred FREUD filly TEPHRA captured the listed Clasico Espirita at San Isidro in Buenos Aires on Friday, October 6, beating seven fillies and mares at 1,800 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) on turf to become her sire’s 56th stakes winner. Owned by Las Canarias (The Canary Islands) Stable, Tephra also had won on San Isidro turf four months earlier going 1,600 meters (about a mile) and had broken her maiden at 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt at another Buenos Aires-area track, Palermo, on May 1. She is Freud’s third black-type winner at San Isidro and Palermo during the recently-commenced Southern Hemisphere racing season which began in July, following multiple group winner (since July 1) KEY DANCE and Group 2 winner ORANGE NUGGET.
Placing second in group stakes on San Isidro turf on October 1 and Palermo dirt on October 7 (Saturday) were two other recently-winning Freud fillies, INTRATABLE FREUD followed by TARDE O TEMPRANO. Intratable Freud, Los Cozacos Stable’s first-out winner, was making her stakes and turf debut in her second start in the Group 2 Clasico Federico de Alvear for eight equally-weighted 3-year-old fillies going 1,800 meters and was one of only two second-time starters in that event (the other finished seventh). Tarde O Temprano, already a four-time winner at Palermo for Mingo Y La Maruca Stable, closed to beat all but one of her rivals in the Group 3 Clasico Loteria Nacional at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs).
Freud’s other recent South American standouts include: CASSERUOLA, five-length winner going 1,800 meters on Palermo dirt, September 29; PARSIFAL, scored his 16th career win at Monterrico near Lima, Peru, going 1,000 meters on dirt, September 30; REINA ANA, victorious at Palermo going 1,600 meters on wet dirt, October 2. Casseruola, who races for Wiber Stable, led throughout against eight rivals and pulled away through the stretch. Parsifal, an indestructible New York-bred racing for Marcial Stable, beat seven rivals for his second victory of the current racing season. Reina Ana (translates as “Queen Anne”), who races for La Manana (The Morning) Stable, scored her fourth Palermo dirt tally. Scoring his third victory for Juan Martin Stable at another Buenos Aires-area track, La Plata, on Sunday, October 8 was Freud’s son MY LITTLE FREUD, who won by two lengths at 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) on dirt. Scoring her fourth victory and first Palermo win on Monday, October 9 was Freud filly AKI MIRAME, who dashed 1,200 meters in 1:08.21 (less than a second off the track record) for El Zonda Stable. Breaking her maiden on wet San Isidro dirt on September 27 at the unusual maiden-breaking distance of 2,000 meters (about 1¼ miles) was Freud’s Argentine-bred LA AUSTRIACA, who races for Arbano Stable.
Highlighting Freud’s recent North American allowance winners was MUNCHKIN MONEY ($116,600), a filly owned by Newport Stables LLC who romped by four lengths as the favorite among 12 in a $62,000 Belmont allowance on October 1 at seven furlongs on turf, clocking 1:20.79. Beating runner-up favorites while winning Finger Lakes allowances on September 28 and 30 respectively were Freud’s 3-year-old FREUD’S FRIEND at 5½ furlongs and Freud filly HEAD SHRINKER ($129,967) at six furlongs. Freud’s Friend, a homebred for Francis J. Paolangeli and a stakes-placed winner on Saratoga turf, was the youngest among six in his outing and headed a Freud exacta while scoring his second consecutive victory in 20 days. Head Shrinker won by two lengths for her second 2017 allowance victory for Flying P Stable.
Winning under lights by more than two lengths each on the evening of September 29 on Meadowlands turf and on Hollywood Casino at Charles Town dirt respectively were Freud’s sons NOT SO QUIET MAN for owner (and sometimes trainer) Liam F. Benson and CEREBRAL for owner Darren Viands. Not So Quiet Man, whom Benson has sent out to victory on Saratoga turf, won by 2¾ lengths against eight rivals going five furlongs. Cerebral, a Maryland-bred and previously a Laurel Park allowance winner, won by 2¼ lengths against nine rivals going a two-turn seven furlongs around Charles Town’s six-furlong track, becoming Freud’s latest six-figure-earner.
Freud’s latest North American maiden-breakers are fillies LA MONEDA and SHRINK on Belmont turf on September 29 and October 6 respectively and 3-year-old son CITY DR going a mile at Finger Lakes on October 2. La Moneda, a homebred for Patricia L. Moseley making her second career start, scored by almost two lengths against 11 rivals in a $60,000 maiden special mile, running her final individual quarter-mile in about 22½ seconds to clock a winning time of 1:34.98. Shrink, owned by Wesley J. Foley, led gate to wire against nine rivals going six furlongs on Belmont’s inner turf, becoming Freud’s 85th Northern Hemisphere winner of 2017 and 435th Northern Hemisphere winner overall (more than 71 percent winners from starters). City Dr, racing for owner-trainer M. Anthony Ferraro, also led gate to wire in a two-turn maiden special mile for open 3-year-olds and up, in which he was the youngest starter in his first effort at beyond six furlongs.