02/28/2014 4:58PM

New York leading sires: Freud

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Barbara D. Livingston
Freud stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y.

On the afternoon of last May 4 at Belmont Park, New York-bred turf horses Hessonite and Lubash took their careers to a new level, recording their first graded stakes victories in the Grade 3 Beaugay and Grade 3 Fort Marcy, respectively.

The two runners are among the standouts who helped their sire, Freud, maintain his usual stronghold among the leading stallions in New York for 2013. The 16-year-old Storm Cat horse, a full brother to perennial leading sire Giant’s Causeway, led the state’s turf sire list for the seventh consecutive year.

Freud, who stands at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, finished the season with $2,551,458 in progeny turf earnings, easily outpacing Bluegrass Cat, another son of Storm Cat, who had progeny earnings of $947,755. Freud, also in the top three on New York’s general sire list for seven straight years – and the leader in 2008 – was second to Bluegrass Cat in those standings, edged out by around $240,000 despite having 74 fewer runners.

Freud was represented by nine stakes winners in 2013 to match Bluegrass Cat in that category. Leading the way were the stakes wins by Lubash and Hessonite. Lubash outgamed Bombaguia by a half-length in the Fort Marcy for his sixth stakes win. He has earned $698,879 for owner-breeder Leonard Pivnick’s Aliyu Ben J Stables.

About an hour later, Hessonite rallied past Peace Preserver and Dream Peace to take the Beaugay. The mare had already placed in multiple graded stakes for owners William J. Punk Jr. and Philip DiLeo. Hessonite retired having won half of her 22 starts, including nine stakes, and earning $879,644. She was sold to DATTT Stables for $750,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale.

Freud’s chief earner in 2013 was Effie Trinket, who won three stakes at Belmont Park. The filly stepped outside of her home state to finish second in the Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs. Freud’s other standouts last year included stakes winner Uncle T Seven; unbeaten multiple stakes winner Lovely Syn; Miss Narcissist, a multiple stakes-winning juvenile who helped her sire be second on the New York juvenile sire list; and stakes winner Freud’s Notebook.

Freud, who entered stud in 2002, is the sire of 35 stakes winners, including seven graded, for total earnings of $28,978,327 through Monday – an average of $77,276 per starter. He is the sire of a pair of New York-bred Grade 1 winners, Giant Ryan and Franny Freud, both standout sprinters.

The ill-fated Giant Ryan was named New York-bred Horse of the Year in 2011 after winning the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes and the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap. Franny Freud won four stakes in 2010, topped by the Grade 1 Prioress and the Grade 2 Beaumont.

Freud won once in 12 starts during his own racing career, finishing third in the Group 2 Cork and Orrery Stakes in Ireland. Bred in Kentucky by Orpendale, he is out of the Grade 2-winning Rahy mare Mariah’s Storm, making him a full brother to European Horse of the Year Giant’s Causeway, who led the U.S. sire list in 2009, 2010, and 2012.

Both stallions are full brothers to Group 2 winner You’resothrilling, Group 2-placed Tumblebrutus, Group 3-placed Tiger Dance, and stakes-placed Roar of the Tiger as well as half-brothers to Group 3-placed Hanky Panky. It is the family of champion and multiple stakes producer Dearly Precious.