01/31/2012 5:37PM

Aqueduct: Success story Wee Freudian meets late-bloomer Falaah in allowance feature

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Wee Freudian, who has posted three gutsy victories since claimed by Richard Schosberg, figures to vie for favoritism with Falaah in Thursday’s six-furlong feature.

Seven older males entered the $62,000 optional claimer that carries first-level allowance conditions.

“He’s as honest a horse as we’ve had in a long time – always runs his race,” said Schosberg of Wee Freudian, who has returned a $20,000 investment by Clear Stars Stable last June more than five-fold.

Wee Freudian comes off a stirring nose victory under Ramon Dominguez in his first start at age 4. “Last race, he had no real pace and he was forced to press while very wide under Ramon, who rode him to a ‘T’ under the circumstances,” Schosberg recalled. “There looks to be enough pace in this race for him to relax.”

Falaah, a lightly raced 5-year-old from the red-hot stable of Kiaran McLaughlin, was an impressive wire-to-wire maiden winner on Jan. 5. He and jockey Alan Garcia appear favorably drawn outside potential early rivals Star Harbour, Too Tough Jake, and W.W.’s Lady’s Man.

“We’re happy to have him back in just a few weeks,” said assistant trainer Art Magnuson. “Shadwell Stable is a patient owner, and he’s been a project. “We’re going to be pretty forward, and breaking from out there Alan can see what he wants to do.”

W.W.’s Lady’s Man, whose first start for Eddie Barker off a three-month layoff was a rallying third with a solid 89 Beyer Figure, is in for the $17,500 claim price, as are Too Tough Jake and Raynick’s Jet.

Black Pen, third at odds-on last out, is third back from a layoff for David Jacobson, who entered the week two off the meet lead with 19 wins.

Side Road and Ghaaleb earned new Beyer tops while contributing to a three-win Saturday for the McLaughlin barn.

Side Road, a 3-year-old Darley Stable homebred by Street Cry, ran down heavily favored Term Loan in a maiden special-weight. “He’s still a little green, but going the right way,” said Magnuson. “He’s huge, and it takes him a little while to get going.”

The 4-year-old Ghaaleb is 2 for 2 at the meet after running down Rein King in a first-level allowance mile. “Not sure exactly what his best distance is yet, but he’s a nice colt” Magnuson said. “We’ll probably look for a two-other-than next.”

◗ Beginning Friday, NYRA will guarantee the late pick four pool at $150,000.