N.Y. success story Franny Freud retired
Updated: August 5, 2010, 10:21 PM ETBy Claire Novak | Special to ESPN.com
Horsephotos.comFranny Freud was retired just days before she was to try for another Grade 1 win in the Test.SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- She's a small-framed filly but stocky, with a twisted sort of whitish blaze and the muscles of a quarter horse sprinter. She wasn't supposed to win against open company, and she wasn't supposed to beat the boys. But she did. Franny Freud was retired on Thursday, three days before she was scheduled to start in the $250,000 Test Stakes at Saratoga Race Course as the 5-2 favorite on the morning line. Freakishly fast and devilishly good, she had been the New York Thoroughbred Breeding program's latest pin-up girl before a ligament injury cut short her career. Franny Freud scored the first Grade 1 win for a local stallion whose stud fee is just $6,500. The 3-year-old filly went around the Oklahoma oval for a routine gallop Thursday morning, but when she came back to the barn a small amount of filling was discovered on the outside of her left front ankle. An ultrasound detected the injury, which could be dangerous and is difficult to cure. "It's kind of shocking," trainer John Terranova said, "But I'm glad we caught it before we could have developed into something worse." The bad news is that the 3-year-old filly's complete ability will not be realized, as she ends two years on the track with an 8-2-0 record from 11 starts. But the good news is that she retired safely, the injury was detected soon enough to guarantee her a healthy future as a member of breeder Anthony Grey's broodmare band. And her connections will always remember her remarkable story -- a study in improbabilities, made even more compelling by the fact that when her career ended, she was rising toward the top of her division.