By Rab Hagin
Allowance wins by HERE COMES TOMMY ($381,195) on January 14, JUST STORMIN ($173,165) on January 20, and CEREBRAL ($125,142) on January 24 helped push North American cumulative progeny earnings for FREUD to more than $50.4-million – also boosted by $650,000 in additional earnings for Grade 1 winner SHARP AZTECA ($2,406,740). These four sons of Freud – a New York-bred, Louisiana-bred, Maryland-bred, and Kentucky-bred respectively – helped establish Freud’s average earnings per runner (including recent first-time starters) at more than $80,900 as of the end of January.
In South America, where the racing season is at mid-point, Freud’s Argentine-conceived runners during January won nine races and placed in black type stakes in Peru and Argentina, pushing Freud’s Southern Hemisphere progeny earnings to more than $3,670,000.
Here Come Tommy, Vincent Murray’s semi-homebred who has won on turf and wet dirt at Belmont, added a $57,000 Aqueduct allowance victory going a mile on winterized fast dirt to his resume, beating nine rivals, five of them six-figure-earners and one of those a stakes-placed earner of almost $222K. Stakes-placed Just Stormin, owned by Charles Carlton, captured Delta Downs’ Saturday evening seven-furlong allowance optional feature going two turns on a six-furlong oval, beating three stakes-placed rivals, including the 1-to-2 favorite plus an earner of $400K-plus, all at equal weights. Cerebral scored his second consecutive victory in 69 days at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town for owner Darren Viands, winning the Wednesday night starter allowance co-feature by a length and a half at seven furlongs around two turns against six rivals, including five six-figure-earners – two of them stakes-placed.
Another six-figure-earning winner by Freud in January was Frank Fiumera’s mare, PINK FREUD LIVE, who tallied by two lengths (over the equally-weighted favored runner-up) while facing nine rivals going six furlongs at Mahoning Valley Race Course on January 9. She is a multiple winner on dirt, on turf, and on all-weather surfaces. Winning at Delta Downs on Thursday evening, January 25 was owner-trainer Karl Broberg’s JOEY B, a Kentucky-bred son of Freud who broke from the outside post as the favorite among ten going six furlongs around two turns and romped by 5½ lengths. Another Kentucky-bred son of Freud, Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Sharp Azteca, earned $650,000 for participation in the $16.3-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on January 27, in which he tried 1 1/8 miles for the first time while being piloted by a new jockey. Sharp Azteca also raced for some new owners: Ashley Quartarolo, Ron Paolucci’s Loooch Racing Stables, Inc., and M. Scharf in addition to his original owner, Ivan Rodriguez’s Gelfenstein Farm. An unfamiliar jockey at a new distance is not an ideal situation, and a rank Sharp Azteca’s natural speed was never utilized, but he still almost caught the Grade 1-winning fading front-runner (missing by a nose) while finishing ahead of three Grade/Group 2 winners.
Freud’s South American black type stakes-placers in January include listed winner TARDE O TEMPRANO, who placed third in the Group 3 Clasico General Francisco B. Bosch at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on dirt at Palermo in Buenos Aires on January 27 while racing for new owner Gran Muneca Stable. The filly has won five races at Palermo and placed in three Group 2 or Group 3 events. Placing third in the listed Clasico Perinox at 1,600 meters (about a mile) on dirt at Monterrico in Peru on January 14 was Freud’s son FIORAVANTTI, who 13 days later (January 27) won a 1,700-meter (about 1 1/16 miles) handicap on Monterrico dirt by 3¾ lengths. Top-weighted under almost 137 pounds in the latter outing, Fioravantti conceded about seven to 31 pounds to his ten rivals, whom he defeated easily.
Winning back-to-back 1,000-meter straightaway dirt sprints at Palermo during January were Freud’s son HOTY and daughter FUGA INCREIBLE. Hoty, a six-time winner (four on dirt, two on turf) racing for new owner Martincito Stable since last summer, beat nine rivals on January 8 and bested another seven rivals 17 days later, on January 25. Fuga Increible, racing for Los Tres Turquitos Stable, romped by six lengths against nine rivals on January 6, and 23 days later (on January 29) beat 12 rivals. Winning on Monterrico dirt at 1,300 meters (about 6½ furlongs) on January 19 was Freud’s son MR. CONNERY, who has three previous victories at Monterrico for Agustin Gabriel Stable at 1,000 meters. Also winning at Monterrico for Agustin Gabriel Stable – in her January 20 career debut – was Freud filly LA BOMBON, who beat seven rivals at a straight 1,000 meters on dirt despite breaking last and owning a distaff pedigree seemingly more suitable for going long on turf. Scoring his second career victory at Maronas in Uruguay on January 6 was Freud’s Uruguayan-bred son, SUPER FREUD, who beat 12 rivals from the outside post going a one-turn 1,500 meters (about 15/16ths of a mile) on dirt for Los Mareados Stable. Freud’s latest new winner in South America is his late-foaled 3-year-old (foaled 10-12-14) son, FROHE, who races for Las Delicias Stable and beat 14 rivals going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on dirt at the Buenos Aires-area track of La Plata on Tuesday evening, January 30.