03/12/2015 8:06PM

Leading New York sires: Freud

Barb Burleson
Perennial leading sire Freud is atop the New York general sire ranks for 2014.

Leading general sire

Throughout the myriad changes in the landscape of New York’s breeding program in recent years, one name has consistently remained on top.

Empire State mainstay Freud has finished first or second by earnings among New York stallions with state-sired runners in each of the past seven years, and he has led by turf earnings every year in the same time period.

The sustained run at the top of New York’s sire standings over the better part of the past decade can be attributed not only to the talent of his foals but their durability.

“For the breeder looking to [earn New York-bred awards], there’s not a better option for moneymaking because he’s a proven commodity,” said Becky Thomas of Sequel Stallions. “When they get to the racetrack, they’ll run at 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, instead of siring horses that fall off after their 3-year-old year.”

Freud, a 17-year-old son of Storm Cat, stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., for an advertised fee of $10,000.

He finished the 2014 racing season with 78 winners from 161 runners for progeny earnings of $4,505,272. Only Bluegrass Cat, whose first New York-sired foals were 2-year-olds last year, had higher earnings, but he departed for California for the 2015 breeding season.

Freud’s eight stakes winners tied him with fellow veteran New York sire Posse for the state’s most last year, while his 10 progeny stakes wins gave Freud sole possession of the top spot in that category.

His seventh straight season at the top of New York’s turf sire list comprised 27 winners from 88 starters for earnings of $2,180,098. Freud also led New York’s sires with four turf stakes winners who won five stakes in total on grass.

No other horse has exemplified the longevity of Freud’s runners like his all-time leading earner, Lubash, who once again carried the standard for his sire in 2014 at age 7.

A stalwart in the New York-bred turf stakes division, Lubash won 4 of 7 starts last year, never finishing worse than second and earning $311,720. He ventured to Florida for the first time in November to win the Grade 3 Tropical Turf Handicap at Gulfstream Park West, capping off a campaign that included a win in the Ashley T. Cole Stakes at Belmont and placings in a trio of New York-bred turf stakes at Saratoga and Belmont.

Other 2014 stakes winners for Freud included Mah Jong Maddnes, Dreamsgonewild, Freudie Anne, and Drewsasin. Grade 2-placed Effie Trinket and Skinner Box also padded their sire’s stakes résumé.

Freud also has begun to grab a foothold in the Southern Hemisphere, having shuttled to Argentina in 2010. Leading the group was Alex Rossi, Peru’s champion imported 3-year-old colt and the winner of the Group 1 Peruvian Two Thousand Guineas.

Group 2 winner Must Go On, who finished third in the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini, an Argentine classic, stood out among Freud’s first Southern Hemisphere-bred runners in Argentina.

“They are very sound horses, so when you get going with them, you don’t have the stops and starts that you have with a more fragile sire line,” Thomas said about Freud’s foals. “They’re sturdy, they’ve got good bone to them. They’re very Storm Cat-looking, but they’re bigger.”

Bred in Kentucky by Orpendale, Freud is out of the multiple Grade 2-winning Rahy mare Mariah’s Storm, making him a full brother to European Horse of the Year and leading U.S. sire Giant’s Causeway.

Freud’s conception came about as a backup plan for the Coolmore partnership, which bought Mariah’s Storm with Giant’s Causeway in utero for $2.6 million at the 1996 Keeneland November breeding stock sale with intentions of breeding her to their new stallion, Horse of the Year Cigar. When Cigar proved to be sterile, the mare was sent back to Storm Cat for her second mating, with Freud as the resulting foal.

On the racetrack, Freud won 1 of 12 starts in England, Ireland, and France for earnings of $44,016. He finished third in the English Group 2 Cork & Orrery Stakes at Ascot.