By Rab Hagin
Sensational Argentine-bred miler KEY DANCE romped to her 12th victory and sixth group win at 1,600 meters (metric equivalent of a mile) in 11 months when the FREUD filly captured the Group 3 Clasico Eudoro J. Balsa on soft turf at San Isidro in Buenos Aires on Sunday, July 23. The Santa Ines Stable homebred had coasted to victory 22 days earlier in a 1,600-meter group event on fast dirt “across town” at Palermo in Buenos Aires. She won both races by three lengths drawing away even while under wraps.
Key Dance’s only losses in eight starts since last September came in a pair of back-to-back placed efforts as the only female taking on males in Group 1 events on Palermo dirt and San Isidro turf in May and June (she was the only top-three finisher in both events). In Sunday’s Clasico Balsa, Key Dance quickly took command and led throughout, while an Argentine Group 1 classic winner separated from the rest of her rivals to place second. It was Key Dance’s fifth tally on turf to go along with seven scores on dirt.
Four other Argentine-bred offspring of Freud won in South America during the 13-day span of July 10 – 22, starting with Don Lelo Stable’s 3-year-old, MR. AURELIUS, who scored from the outside post among seven going 1,400 meters (about seven furlongs) on wet dirt at Palermo. Mr. Aurelius also has won on fast dirt and on turf since last December. On Saturday, July 22, another 3-year-old son of Freud, Starbucks Stud’s MY LUCKY DAY, beat ten rivals in an easy, three-length victory going 1,600 meters on turf at Monterrico near Lima, Peru. My Lucky Day earlier in 2017 had won at 1,000 meters (about five furlongs) on straightaway dirt against 13 rivals at Monterrico. Breaking their maidens on wet dirt at La Plata near Buenos Aires was Freud’s son VICTORINO going a two-turn 2,000 meters (about a mile and a quarter) against nine rivals on July 13 and Freud’s daughter IBERLAND going 1,200 meters (about six furlongs) against 11 rivals on July 18. Victorino, who is owned by Queen Debiss Stable, led gate to wire from the outside post at an unusual distance for a maiden-breaking effort. Iberland, owned by Haras Dilu Stable, advanced from far back and swung wide into the stretch, where she ran down everyone.
In North America, Freud’s HOW’S YOUR SUGAR ($165,520) captured a Laurel Park allowance from the outside post as the favorite among eight going 1 1/16 miles on turf on July 15, clocking a stakes-caliber 1:40.51. Owned by William J. Terrill’s Our Sugar Bear Stable LLC, How’s Your Sugar has won three times on turf and twice on dirt (once in the mud). Other recent winners by Freud include Dona Licha’s Group 1 Peruvian victor, ALEX ROSSI, who scored by almost two lengths against the favorite while going a mile at Los Alamitos on July 14. On July 17, James D. Davis’s son of Freud, MENTAL ICEBERG ($162,556), beat ten rivals going a mile and 70 yards at Thistledown for his seventh victory, which includes a win on Belmont turf. On July 18, Gold Star Racing Stable LLC’s son of Freud, SUCKITUPBUSTER, led at all calls going 5½ furlongs at Finger Lakes against rivals whose earnings averaged almost $200K each for his sixth victory (five on dirt, one on turf) and second tally in 71 days. On July 19, SPARTAN EMPEROR, a son of Freud racing for Stephen A. Zorn’s Castle Village Farm, won at near even-money against five six-figure-earning rivals, including a multiple stakes-runner-up, going five furlongs at Finger Lakes. On July 24, owner-trainer Richard J. Lugovich’s homebred son of Freud, BORROWED DREAMS, won his first two-turn effort on dirt by 4¼ lengths as the co-topweight among eight at a mile and 70 yards at Finger Lakes.
Freud’s latest North American maiden-breakers are SHE’S DREAMIN and PSYCHIC ENERGY at Belmont on July 15 and 16 respectively and 2-year-old filly BEAUX ARTS at Saratoga on July 21. She’s Dreamin, a 3-year-old filly campaigned by Parting Glass Racing (managed by the incomparable Thomas J. Gallo), was stretched beyond six furlongs for the first time in a seven-furlong $62,000 turf maiden special and romped by four lengths as the favorite against eight rivals. In her two previous career outings, She’s Dreamin had placed behind Freud’s winning daughters CARRY YOUR HEELS and DREAMY MARGARITA in Belmont maiden specials. Psychic Energy, a late-foaled (May 21, 2014) 3-year-old campaigned by Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds LLC and Black Swan Stable, tried six furlongs on turf for the first time and won by three lengths against eight rivals in 1:08.72. Beaux Arts, a semi-homebred juvenile filly owned by Joseph Bimbaum, went gate to wire as the favorite against eight rivals going 5½ furlongs in a $73,000 maiden special and her turf debut to make Freud the leading New York-based sire of 2-year-old winners (with three to date) in 2017. In her career debut four weeks earlier in a Monmouth maiden special for open juvenile fillies going 4½ furlongs on dirt, Beaux Arts had placed second among eight behind a rival that came within less than a second of the 6-year-old track record.
Ten Freud yearlings have been cataloged for Fasig-Tipton’s August 12-13 Saratoga sale of New York-bred preferred yearlings, including full sisters to stakes winners FOURSTAR CROOK (now $544,050), cataloged as Hip No. 514, and DR. SHANE ($318,298), cataloged as Hip No. 586. Fourstar Crook, who since the catalog has won Parx Racing’s graded $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes and Belmont’s $125,000 Mount Vernon Stakes for owners Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC, and Gary Aisquith, has eight consecutive victories that might constitute the longest current win streak in North America. Dr. Shane won first-out as a precocious 2-year-old in a five-furlong Belmont maiden special on dirt and captured the $206,963 New York Breeders’ Futurity by two lengths for owner-breeder DutchessViews Farm.