07/04/2010 12:00AM

Franny Freud gets her Grade 1


ELMONT, N.Y. - John Terranova has thought all along that Franny Freud was Grade 1 material, and on a hot Fourth of July Sunday at Belmont Park, the 3-year-old New York-bred filly proved her trainer right.

Receiving a stalking trip from Garrett Gomez, Franny Freud tackled pace-setting Stormandaprayer at the three-sixteenths pole, then continued on to record a 1 1/4-length victory in the Champagne d'Oro, the Acorn winner, checked in second, a half-length ahead of Bonnie Blue Flag. Stormandaprayer and Funny Feeling completed the order of finish.

It was the eighth victory in 11 starts and fourth straight stakes victory for Franny Freud, a daughter of Freud owned by Paul Pompa, Stephen Yarborough and Winter Park Partners.

"I'm glad she was able to get it done," Terranova said. "She's Grade 1."

It was Terranova's first Grade 1 stakes victory in New York, though he has won the Starlet at Hollywood Park and Alcibiades at Keeneland.

Though she had won her last three stakes tries - over dirt, synthetic and turf - Franny Freud was coming off two wins in the New York Stallion Stakes series. This figured to be a stiffer test.

Under Gomez, Franny Freud was fourth early as Stormandaprayer set the early pace of 21.85 seconds chased by Champagne d'Oro, who bobbled at the break, and Bonnie Blue Flag, who ducked in when the gates opened. Gomez made a three-wide move around the far turn with Franny Freud, moving into second by the five-sixteenths pole. Franny Freud took the lead at three-sixteenths pole and despite drifting out from Gomez's left-handed whip, she came home a comfortable winner.

Franny Freud covered the six furlongs in 1:10.11 and returned $3.40 as the 3-5 favorite.

"Garrett let her settle in right there wherever she needed to be," Terranova said. "She was right on them. I'm glad everybody got a fair trip and we got to get a fair trip, and she got it done."

Terranova said Franny Freud would be aimed to the Grade 1 Test at seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 7.

Franny Freud's victory capped a huge weekend for the New York breeding program. On Saturday, the New York-bred Haynesfield won the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap.