A Freud of Mama crashes NYSS Fifth Avenue party at 23-1

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

A Freud of Mama, owned and bred by William Butler and raced exclusively on turf by trainer Mike Maker in four prior starts, made a spectacular dirt debut at Aqueduct on Sunday. Advancing from mid-pack in the turn, and passing two horses in the final sixteenth, she clinched a victory in the $500,000 Fifth Avenue division of the New York Stallion Stakes series for New York-sired juvenile fillies Aqueduct.

Like its companion race for males (the NYSS Great White Way won on Saturday by Bank On Shea), the Fifth Avenue got a makeover in 2019. Lengthened by a furlong to seven panels, the purse was hiked to $500,000, up from $150,000 last year.

Also like its companion race, the Fifth Avenue attracted a bulky and eclectic field. The 11 fillies represented nine current or former New York stallions and the group included everything from first-time starters and maidens, to graded stakes performers.

Breaking from post six under Jorge Vargas, Jr., A Freud of Mama settled in mid-pack in seventh on the backstretch, while some of her better-regarded rivals contested the lead. Time Limit by Bustin Stones (4-1 second choice) showed the way over the muddy (sealed) track through splits of 23.08 and 46.47. Also up on the pace, were Linda Rice-trained Officer Hutchy by Boys at Tosconova (11-1), who broke her maiden on debut on November 21, and heavily-favored Key Cents winner Big Q by Big Brown (1-2).

Remaining in close touch with the scrum on the lead, A Freud of Mama began a steady advance between horses in the turn. By the time she angled out into the three-path for the stretch drive, she was a clear third. Time Limit still led by two lengths and Officer Hutchy showed no signs relenting in second.

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The order of the first three remained unchanged until the final sixteenth, when the extra distance began to factor. A Freud of Mama passed both rivals to take the lead before going on to win by 1 1/2 lengths. Officer Hutchy took over second, leaving Time Limit to settle for the third a neck back.

After six furlongs in 1:12.19, the final time for seven furlongs over the off-going was 1:25.81. First-time starter Bank Sting, by Central Banker, completed the superfecta at a whopping 51-1.

Jorge Vargas, Jr. who piloted A Freud of Mama to victory said, “It was the first time she was getting kickback, so it took her a little bit to get used to it. Once she got into the bridle, she was there for me.”

Jockey Dylan Davis aboard impressive runner-up Officer Hutchy – a Green Polka Farms homebred, and second-time starter – said, “[Officer Hutchy] ran great. She broke sharp and put me in a good spot. I just stayed with her down the lane and she was inching back up and [A Freud of Mama] pushed her to finish a little stronger. She got up for second and I thought she was going to win for a little bit. She ran a good race off the maiden win.”

A Freud of Mama has earned $342,068 from two wins and third in five starts. She broke her maiden second out at 5 1/2-furlngs on the grass at Belmont Park on September 13. Plunging immediately into deep waters, she also finished a solid third in the Grade 3 Matron. The filly was foaled at Keane Stud in Amenia.

Despite her first four starts on grass, the bay filly, whose name derives from her perennially-leading New York sire Freud, had dirt promise in her pedigree. Her dam Mama Theresa, who was bred in New York by Barry Weisbord and Margaret Santulli, was a multiple stakes-placed runner on dirt and a half-sister to two-time New York Horse of the Year and current sire Haynesfield, winner of the 2010 Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Mama Theresa, who was purchased by Butler for $65,000 at the OBS Spring sale of 2-year-olds, has produced four winners from four foals to start.


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