By Rab Hagin
Two weeks after winning her second start, Argentine-bred ORANGE NUGGET won her stakes and turf debut in the Group 2 Clasico Sibila at San Isidro in Buenos Aires on Saturday, September 9, becoming the 14th graded/group winner sired by FREUD. The 4-year-old filly (still 24 days shy of her chronological October 3 birthday) was the only starter in the 1,600-meter (about a mile) Sibila who was not already a multiple winner or had fewer than 12 previous outings. Owned by Principesco Stable, Orange Nugget now has two wins and a second in three starts, having been a rapidly-closing runner-up in her debut last January before breaking her maiden easily by five lengths against nine rivals at San Isidro on August 26.
The one-turn weight-for-age Sibila for fillies and mares, four years old and up, marked Orange Nugget’s introduction to turf. She initially appeared uncertain on the wet course, trailing all but one of her six rivals and running much of the left-hand turn on her right lead before belatedly switching to her left, on which she remained until the upper stretch. About a quarter-mile from the finish, jockey Pablo Gustavo Falero coaxed Orange Nugget back onto her right lead, after which she closed almost ten lengths to overtake the runner-up, who had six wins and was coming off a group victory in August. The six rivals finishing behind Orange Nugget collectively had registered 23 victories, including four group tallies.
Orange Nugget is among 13 winners (15 wins) and two group winners to represent Freud in the 2016-2017 Southern Hemisphere season (beginning in July), joining Freud’s six-time group-winning daughter, KEY DANCE, who ironically placed second in the 2016 Sibila (with a total of eight wins before and after).
Other recent Argentine-bred winners sired by Freud include Misterio Stable’s GRAN CONCEPTO, an earlier San Isidro winner who scored his second career victory at Palermo (also in Buenos Aires) on August 25, romping by four lengths from the outside post against 11 rivals at 1,600 meters on wet dirt. Also scoring her second victory, at Monterrico in Lima, Peru, was Soribel Stable’s ALMA RUPAY, a Freud filly who on September 3 won her turf debut and first effort at stretching out to 1,600 meters, tallying by a length while drawing clear from eight rivals. Winning first-out by 3½ lengths at San Isidro on August 26 was Los Cozacos Stable’s newly-minted 3-year-old Freud filly, INTRATABLE FREUD, who scored by 3½ lengths going away against eight rivals at 1,600 meters on wet (heavy) dirt.
In North America, 21 of Freud’s offspring won during the 30-day span of August 9 through September 7, highlighted by winners of two $75,000 Saratoga turf allowances: NOBLE FREUD ($148,200) on August 13 and stakes-placed AMAZING ANNE ($275,402) on September 1. Noble Freud, whose owners are listed as Head of Plains Partners LLC, Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC, Kisber, and Medallion Racing, scored by almost two lengths from the eighth post at near even money as the youngest among nine fillies and mares going 5½ furlongs. She was the only May-foaled (May 22, 2014) 3-year-old filly in the contest. Amazing Anne, owned by Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc., beat 11 fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles.
Breaking his own Belterra Park mile and a half turf course record in a starter allowance on August 27 was Freud’s son UNCLE MITCHO ($112,334), who scored by three lengths in 2:29.31 for owner-trainer Judy Woodbury after dueling the odds-on front-runner into out of the money at equal weights. Winning two-turn 6½-furlong allowances in Alberta, Canada were Freud’s 3-year-old son ALBERTA OIL by a length and a half against six rivals at Northlands Park on August 12 and Freud filly COSMIC DREAMS as the only female in her Grande Prairie contest on August 27. It was the second win of the summer in four starts for Alberta Oil, who races for Al P. Pitchko and was facing older rivals. Florida-bred Cosmic Dreams races for owner-trainer Elaine Edwards. Winning Louisiana Downs’ 5½-furlong Labor Day feature allowance by almost two lengths over the runner-up favorite was Katina Milburn’s Louisiana-bred son of Freud, CHASIN GRACIE, who led gate to wire against six rivals. Winning open (outside of state-bred company) 5½-furlong allowances at Finger Lakes were homebred Freud 3-year-olds DAVID’S ELAINE as the youngest (foaled May 14, 2014) in the September 5 feature for fillies and mares and FREUD’S FRIEND by three lengths at odds-on against 3-year-olds and up on September 8. David’s Elaine races for David E. Ahearn. Freud’s Friend, another late-foaled (April 29, 2014) 3-year-old, races for Francis J. Paolangeli.
Freud’s other recent victors include Dona Licha’s Argentine-bred Group 1 Peruvian winner, ALEX ROSSI, who enhanced his six-figure earnings with a 4¼-length romp over the runner-up favorite in a two-turn Del Mar dirt mile contest on August 10 for his second score over a favorite in 27 days. Winning from the outside post against nine rivals going a two-turn 7½ furlongs on Gulfstream Park turf on August 19 for his second win in seven weeks and third career tally was Freud’s favored son, GEAR JAMMER, who races for Blue Devil Racing Stable (Marc Holliday). Freud’s DOT MATRIX ($149,469), who races for Ten Strike Racing, went gate to wire against nine rivals in 1:46.50 for 1 1/8 miles on Saratoga turf on August 24, holding off the equally-weighted runner-up favorite, a Saratoga turf Grade 2-placed earner of $200K-plus, with a final three-eighths in 35.12. Winning six-furlong sprints at Finger Lakes were Freud’s sons FLY ME on August 21 and SUCKITUPBUSTER on September 6, followed by front-running Freud filly winner GONABEFAMOUS going 5½ furlongs at Finger Lakes on September 9. Fly Me, a homebred for Langpap Stables, won by daylight as the only 3-year-old facing eight older rivals for his second victory in three weeks and third career tally. Suckitupbuster, a dirt and turf winner owned by Gold Star Racing Stable LLC, was favored for his four-length romp and seventh career victory. Gonabefamous scored her fourth victory by two lengths at equal weights against a field that included four six-figure-earners while racing for Judy Anderson. Scoring against six rivals going 5½ furlongs at Camarero Race Track in Puerto Rico on August 23 was Establo Trece Negro’s son of Freud, PLEASURE PRINCIPLE ($149,417).
Breaking their maidens at Saratoga were Freud fillies AMBER DANCER and TRES CHARMANT going 5½ furlongs on turf on August 10 and 21 respectively and BERNING ROSE going seven furlongs on dirt on August 30. Amber Dancer beat nine rivals in a $73,000 maiden special (a Freud filly exacta) for owner Carmineddie Stables. Tres Charmant, a 3-year-old homebred racing for TLC Thoroughbreds, won by two lengths against nine rivals. Berning Rose, a homebred juvenile filly racing for Robert D. Rosenthal and Bradford H. Bernstein, won a $73,000 maiden special by five lengths against the favored runner-up. Breaking their maidens at Finger Lakes were Freud 3-year-old fillies DULCITA and SONG FOR THE SOUL on August 9 and September 7 respectively and Freud juvenile colt FABULOUS PRINCE on September 2. Dulcita won at six furlongs for Michael S. Foster and Franklin Almanzar. Song for the Soul, racing for Ice Wine Stable, was odds-on while breaking from the outside post as the youngest among seven in a five-furlong maiden special. Fabulous Prince, owned by Richie Rich Racing Stable, won a 5½-furlong maiden special by five lengths as the youngest among seven to become Freud’s fifth 2-year-old winner of 2017.