07/04/2010 12:00AM

Franny Freud eyes fourth in a row


ELMONT, N.Y. - As a deputy of sorts when California-based trainer Bob Baffert ships horses to New York, John Terranova has been around some extremely talented runners.

One of those runners was Indian Blessing, who won 10 of 16 starts, banked $3.7 million, and was a multiple champion. Terranova, who has trained his own stable for 17 years, said the filly Franny Freud reminds him of Indian Blessing.

In 2008, Indian Blessing won the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont Park en route to being crowned champion filly sprinter. Sunday, Terranova, who trains Franny Freud, said he hopes she can duplicate that feat when she seeks her fourth consecutive victory against four opponents in the $250,000 Prioress, a six-furlong race at Belmont Park.

"She's just awesome," he said. "We haven't had one train like her since we had Indian Blessing in the barn for Bob. That's how good she trains. Very special."

A New York-bred, Franny Freud runs like she trains. She has won 7 of 10 starts and three consecutive stakes on three surfaces: a 4 3/4-length win in the Beaumont over Keeneland's Polytrack and two wins in New York Stallion Stakes races, one on dirt and one on turf.

Her versatility extends to her running style. She has won from on the pace and off.

"She can do whatever she wants to do when she comes out of there," Terranova said. "I think she's that good. Whatever kind of race she feels like running that day."

With Champagne d'Oro - gate-to-wire winner of the Grade 1 Acorn last month - and speedy maiden winner Stormandaprayer in the field, Franny Freud would be better served coming off the pace under Garrett Gomez.

One of Franny Freud's rivals is the Baffert-trained Bonnie Blue Flag. After taking five tries to win her first race, Bonnie Blue Flag has won three straight, including a 6 1/2-length score in the Cinemine Stakes at Lone Star Park, her only race on dirt.

"She's a filly that's improving a lot in leaps and bounds," said Baffert, whose filly breaks from the rail. "I would have loved to have been a little outside, where I can stalk."

Believing Champagne d'Oro's best distance may be seven furlongs, trainer Eric Guillot is targeting her for the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga. Champagne d'Oro is coming off a win in the one-mile Acorn.