02/08/2018 12:56PM

New York stallions: Freud continues his dominance

Barbara D. Livingston
Freud continues to dominate the ranks of New York stallions.

Freud’s grasp on the reins of his kingdom hasn’t slipped.

The 20-year-old Storm Cat horse, who reigns at Sequel Stallions, continues to dominate the New York stallion ranks. His 2017 bankroll of $6,320,911 easily led the state’s general sire list, decisively outpacing Bellamy Road at $4,750,493, with Big Brown third at $3,320,006. This marks the 10th straight time Freud has finished first or second on the list of general sires with state-sired runners.

Freud, a full brother to Giant’s Causeway, also easily led New York’s turf sire rankings for the 10th straight year, with a bankroll of $2,533,249. That more than doubled the seasonal earnings of his closest competitor, the late Disco Rico with $1,018,351. Disco Rico’s son Disco Partner set a world record sprinting on turf in the Grade 3 Jaipur Stakes last June at Belmont Park.

Meanwhile, Freud’s season was led by Sharp Azteca, who became his sire’s third Grade 1 winner in the Northern Hemisphere, joining Franny Freud and Giant Ryan. The colt began the year by winning the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Handicap before making the long journey to Dubai to finish a creditable third in the Group 2 Godolphin Mile. He was second to Mor Spirit upon return in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap before romping by 7 1/2 lengths in the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup, traversing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.19 to break Formal Gold’s track record. Sharp Azteca then won the Grade 2 Kelso at Belmont in prep for the Breeders’ Cup, where he grudgingly gave way late to be second by a half-length to Battle of Midway in the Dirt Mile. He bounced back to secure his elusive Grade 1 victory when rolling by 5 1/2 lengths in the Cigar Mile over Grade 1/Group 1 winners Mind Your Biscuits and Practical Joke.

Although Sharp Azteca finished eighth in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup in January, he picked up a check of $650,000 for his efforts, giving Freud a valuable kick-start to his seasonal bankroll. Bellamy Road and Big Brown, both relative newcomers to the Empire State, are in hot pursuit and will add depth to the competition with their first state-sired foals in upcoming years. The first New York-born foals by Bellamy Road, the sire of Grade 1 winner Diversify, are yearlings. Big Brown’s first New York foals will race as juveniles in 2018.

Bellamy Road and Big Brown, both of whom have shifted to the newly merged Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions LLC for this season, also led New York’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings for individual runners to meet or surpass the benchmark figure of 90, with five runners each.

Leading juvenile sire: Mission Impazible

Sequel Stallions stands New York’s perennial leading sire in Freud and now has an up-and-coming horse behind him in the Empire State’s leading juvenile sire.

Mission Impazible, a multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire by Unbridled’s Song, was New York’s leading freshman sire of 2016, and he checked in third on the overall juvenile sire list that year. In 2017, he upped his game by leading the overall juvenile sire list with a bankroll of $1,058,063 – outdistancing Freud’s $642,504. That also was good enough to put him in the top 20 active juvenile sires nationwide.

Mission Impazible’s 12 juvenile winners on the season were led by multiple stakes winner Pure Silver, who races as a homebred for Twin Creeks, which campaigned her sire. The filly won her first three career starts, including a 9 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga. She also won the Lynbrook Stakes against her fellow New York-breds and placed in two statebred stakes later in the year.

Leading freshman: Trinniberg

Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner and Eclipse Award champion Trinniberg was a major addition to the New York stallion ranks when he retired to Rockridge Stud. It took some time for the first runners by the young sire to break through on the racetrack – but when they did, it was decisively.

Aqua Bel Sar edged Belleville Spring by a neck in the New York Stallion Series Stakes in December at Aqueduct, not only giving Trinniberg his first winner, but giving him a sweep of the exacta in the stakes event. The stallion finished 2017 with a bankroll of $203,751, easily leading New York’s small group of freshman sires.

Trinniberg, a Grade 1-placed juvenile, won four graded sprint stakes as a 3-year-old in 2012, including the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He is a son of Teuflesberg, who also stands in New York at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds.