02/28/2013 1:30PM

Freud: Leading New York sire by turf earnings, average turf earnings per runner, turf stakes wins, turf stakes winners

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New York’s resurgence as a center of breeding activity in 2012 is one of the North American bloodstock industry’s most positive developments in the last five years, and new stallions continue to flock to the Empire State in order to take advantage of breeders’ incentive awards powered by gaming revenues. Despite some of the welcome changes, some things remain the same in New York, such as Freud’s position atop the state’s sire lists.

A 15-year-old son of Storm Cat, Freud put together just the latest chapter in a stud career that has produced a multitude of top-flight statebred horses, including some who have risen to national prominence.

After leading New York general sires in stakes winners each year beginning in 2008, Freud slipped into a second-place tie behind El Corredor in 2012, but he maintained his stranglehold on the statebred turf lists. Freud finished nearly $1 million ahead of second-place El Corredor in 2012 by turf earnings and led state sires in average earnings per runner on turf, turf stakes winners, and turf stakes wins.

Multiple turf stakes winner Hessonite set the standard for Freud’s runners in 2012. The 5-year-old racemare became Freud’s all-time leading earner last year, when she won four stakes races, all on turf. Hessonite, who is nominated for New York-bred champion older female and champion turf female, has earned $713,310.

Lubash, Freud’s second-leading earner in 2012, is nominated for New York-bred champion turf male. The 6-year-old horse won two statebred stakes on turf at Saratoga and Belmont.

New York-bred Mr. Vegas traveled to New Orleans to become his sire’s only graded stakes winner in 2012, taking the Grade 3 Colonel E. R. Bradley Handicap at Fair Grounds last January. The 6-year-old is a finalist for New York-bred champion turf male.

Freud, who stands at Becky Thomas’s Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, has long been regarded for his versatility, a reputation Thomas watched build over time after Freud began his stallion career at Sequel in 2002. Thomas is training several 2-year-olds by Freud as she gears up for the upcoming auctions in Florida.

“When you have a Freud [colt or filly], you for the most part have a horse that can win a graded race at 2, at 5, at 7 . . . and on dirt, on turf, on Poly[track],” Thomas said. “When I’m training a Freud [horse] that’s going to a 2-year-old sale − whereas with some sires you have to pick where you are going to sell them based on the surface they have to breeze on, with Freud horses, it doesn’t matter where you sell them. And they’ve got great minds. They’re uncharacteristically not Storm Cat, in other words. They’re not hot and fiery.”

Freud, bred in Kentucky by Orpendale, spent his racing career in England and Ireland for Coolmore and trainer Aidan O’Brien, competing in several group stakes, managing a third-place effort in the Group 2 Cork and Orrery Stakes in 2001. Freud won once in 12 starts but appealed to breeders because of his pedigree, being a full brother to European Horse of the Year Giant’s Causeway, who would go on to be a multiple leading sire at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Freud’s all-time best performers include two Grade 1 winners on dirt, Giant Ryan and Franny Freud; synthetic Grade 2 winner Future Prospect; and two-time Peruvian turf champion Zeide Isaac. Through Feb. 20, Freud has sired 30 stakes winners from 423 foals 3 and up, a 7 percent strike rate.

Freud was bred to 161 mares last year, according to Jockey Club statistics, ranking eighth among North American sires. Thomas said his 2013 book would be smaller because of the influx of new stallions into the state but estimated Freud would still breed to approximately 100 mares at a fee of $10,000.

“For stallion earnings in New York, [stallion owners] receive 10 percent of the purse earnings, first, second, and third,” Thomas said. “Freud’s earnings for 2012 were $261,000 − that’s just stallion earnings from the development fund, not breeders’ awards. That’s just indicative of the large number of races that [his progeny] actually won.

“In New York, we’ve had many lean years where we’ve been very thin, and had fewer foals,” she said. “And Freud’s just been able to carry through because his foals can run anywhere.”


Leading sires by 2012 progeny turf earnings

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS 2012 EARNINGS
1 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 64 18 $1,867,720
2 El Corredor (1997, Mr. Greeley) Questroyal North $7,500 78 20 $883,820
3 Bluegrass Cat (2003, Storm Cat) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $15,000 78 18 $772,802
4 Utopia (JPN) (2000, Forty Niner) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 31 8 $599,019
5 Posse (2000, Silver Deputy) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $12,500 57 13 $568,808
6 Congaree (1998, Arazi) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $7,500 32 6 $468,158
7 Disco Rico (1997, Citidancer) Keane Stud Operations $5,000 34 10 $431,990
8 Alphabet Soup (1991, Cozzene) Adena Springs New York $6,000 51 11 $303,161
9 Roaring Fever (2000, Storm Cat) Questroyal North $2,500 18 6 $300,382
10 Touch Gold (1994, Deputy Minister) Adena Springs New York $7,500 33 8 $255,906


Leading sires by 2012 average turf earnings per runner

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS 2012 AVG. EARNINGS
1 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 64 18 $29,183
2 Utopia (JPN) (2000, Forty Niner) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 31 8 $19,323
3 Roaring Fever (2000, Storm Cat) Questroyal North $2,500 18 6 $16,688
4 Congaree (1998, Arazi) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $7,500 32 6 $14,630
5 Disco Rico (1997, Citidancer) Keane Stud Operations $5,000 34 10 $12,706
6 Stonesider (2003, Giant's Causeway) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga Private 16 3 $11,469
7 El Corredor (1997, Mr. Greeley) Questroyal North $7,500 78 20 $11,331
8 Congressionalhonor (2001, Forestry) Sandy Way Farm $2,500 14 2 $10,397
9 Sunriver (2003, Saint Ballado) Died 2009 24 5 $10,179
10 Posse (2000, Silver Deputy) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $12,500 57 13 $9,979

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Leading sires by 2012 turf stakes wins

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS SWINS
1 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 64 18 7
2 Bluegrass Cat (2003, Storm Cat) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $15,000 78 18 1
3 Catienus (1994, Storm Cat) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 32 4 1
4 Congaree (1998, Arazi) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $7,500 32 6 1
5 Maybry's Boy (1999, Broad Brush) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $3,500 4 1 1
6 Sunriver (2003, Saint Ballado) Died 2009 24 5 1
7 Utopia (JPN) (2000, Forty Niner) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 31 8 1


Leading sires by 2012 turf stakes winners

RANK NAME (BORN, SIRE, FARM) 2013 STUD FEE RNRS WNRS SW
1 Freud (1998, Storm Cat) Sequel Stallions New York $10,000 64 18 3
2 Bluegrass Cat (2003, Storm Cat) Vinery New York at Sugar Maple $15,000 78 18 1
3 Catienus (1994, Storm Cat) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 32 4 1
4 Congaree (1998, Arazi) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $7,500 32 6 1
5 Maybry's Boy (1999, Broad Brush) Highcliff Stallions at McMahon of Saratoga $3,500 4 1 1
6 Sunriver (2003, Saint Ballado) Died 2009 24 5 1
7 Utopia (JPN) (2000, Forty Niner) McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds $5,000 31 8 1


 

 

 

 

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