Franny Freud, a top 3-year-old filly and 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Aug. 7 Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, will miss the race with a career-ending ligament injury.
The injury was discovered the morning of Aug. 5 after the 3-year-old daughter of Freud had a routine gallop.
“It’s kind of shocking, but I’m glad we caught it before it could have developed into something worse,” said trainer John Terranova. “She galloped beautifully this morning, as usual. She never has anything wrong, but she had a slight amount of filing on the outside of her ankle. We took an ultrasound, and we saw she had damage to the ‘XYZ’ ligament.”
The "XYZ" ligaments are at the base of the sesamoids and run down the back of the pastern. They attach to either the long or short pastern bones.
Owned by Paul Pompa Jr., Stephen Yarbrough, and Winter Park Partners, Franny Freud won seven stakes in her career, including the grade I Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park July 4 in what would be her final start. She retires with a record of 8-2-0 from 11 starts and $698,197 in earnings.
Out of the D’Accord mare Frankly Fran, Franny Freud was bred in New York by Anthony Grey.
This year she had four wins from five starts with an additional wins in the Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland and stakes wins against fellow New York-breds in the New York Stallion Stakes and New York Stallion Park Avenue Stakes. She also placed in the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
“She’s a grade I-caliber filly, and we were able to prove that,” said Terranova. “The good ones like her don’t come around very often.”