05/01/2010 11:00PM

Terranova sweeps New York Stallion Stakes


You had to have your head examined to go against the favorites in divisions of Sunday's New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park as Franny Freud and General Maximus, a pair of John Terranova-trained 3-year-olds by Freud, dominated the $100,000 races.

In the for fillies, Franny Freud dueled early with second choice So N So, put that rival away on her own courage turning for home, and widened to win by 7 3/4 lengths while eased up late by Garrett Gomez.

Franny Freud, who was coming off a front-running win in the Grade 2 Beaumont at Keeneland, ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.15 over a fast track and paid $2.50 to win as the prohibitive choice in a field of six. She improved to 6-2-0 from 9 lifetime starts.

So N So saved the place by a nose over Freud's Notebook. Positive Pitch, Raffie's Rose, and Ommadon's Angel were strung out far behind.

In the for colts and geldings, General Maximus broke on top, turned back pace pressure from Cajun Jet through the opening half-mile, opened a daylight lead into the stretch under Javier Castellano, and remained clear by 3 1/4 lengths over Make Note.

General Maximus, making his first start for Terranova and returning from a nine-week layoff, ran the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.49 and paid $3.60 as the clear choice in a field of eight. He has won 3 of his 4 starts.

Make Note was nearly seven lengths clear of third-place finisher Game Token. The order of finish was completed by Hittin the Note, Cajun Jet, Ommadon's Answer, Zealous Boy, and Reading Group.