Two weeks after scoring a 1,600-meter (about a mile) Group 2 victory on Palermo turf, KEY DANCE shipped a few miles northwest to Buenos Aires’ suburbs to register another 1,600-meter Group 2 turf win in the Ricardo Ezequiel y Ezequiel M. Fernandez Guerrico at San Isidro on Saturday, March 11. The dominating two-length tally represented the tenth career win for the Argentine-bred FREUD filly, who has Group 2 victories on Argentine dirt and turf and is arguably the top female miler in South America.
A homebred 4-year-old (foaled 9-17-12) racing for Santa Ines Stable, Key Dance has six wins on dirt and four on turf and initially was a successful “long sprinter” at 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) before scoring her first group victory in her first effort at 1,600 meters last August. In her latest outing, she stumbled at the start but quickly recovered to take command and led all the way while being stalked throughout by a Group 1 winner at 1,600 meters. Two negative (successively-faster) intermediate 400-meter (about a quarter-mile) splits following a casual opening pace effectively decided the contest well before Key Dance approached the finish, as her six rivals – three of them Group 1 or Group 2 winners – failed to threaten. It was Key Dance’s second victory on San Isidro turf to add to a six-length romp against 13 rivals at 1,400 meters on heavy (wet) turf a year earlier. Eight of her victories, including three of her four group tallies, have been scored at Palermo in central Buenos Aires.
Six days earlier (March 5) at La Plata – about 30 miles southeast of Buenos Aires near the Atlantic Coast – Freud’s Argentine-bred dirt-routing son, PSICOTECNICO, registered his second black-type placing with a runner-up effort in the listed Clasico Comparacion at 2,200 meters (about 1 3/8 miles) on dirt. Also black-type-placed in a listed event on San Isidro turf, Psicotecnico races for Luna Negra (Black Moon) Stable. In his most recent outing prior to the Comparacion, Psicotecnico had won the featured Churrinche Handicap at 2,400 meters (about a mile and a half) on San Isidro dirt on January 24.
Freud’s three North American winners in the first nine days of March were highlighted by his dirt-and-turf stakes-winning daughter, FREUDIE ANNE ($336,658), who scored by almost two lengths in a Fair Grounds allowance optional going about a mile on turf on March 4. Owned by Marc Detampel, Fergus Galvin, Jayne Doi Johnson, and Adrian Mansergh Wallace and two-for-two in 2017 following a Fair Grounds allowance optional turf win four weeks earlier, top-weighted Freudie Anne spotted weight to two multiple stakes-winning rivals, including a three-time Grade 1 winner of more than $2.3-million.
Another of Freud’s stakes daughters to win recently was TURF CRAZE ($143,248), who scored by 6½ lengths at odds-on going a two-turn 6½ furlongs at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races on Thursday evening, March 9. Owned by Romar LLC, the Maryland-bred chestnut has won on dirt and turf, at such tracks as Laurel and Gulfstream Parks, and has been stakes-placed at Pimlico.
Breaking her maiden against nine rivals at Delta Downs on March 1 was Freud filly CABRINI, who won her 2017 debut by a daylight margin over the runner-up favorite while going five furlongs. The Louisiana-bred filly races for J-Lu Ltd Co and is Freud’s 397th known Northern Hemisphere winner.
By Rab Hagin