Even as he watched the bay frame of Grand Affair come charging at his filly Franny Freud around the far turn, trainer John Terranova II hardly had a moment of doubt.
"When she got up the backstretch to the far turn, barring anything strange, I was pretty confident she was going to roll from there because we know what we've got in her," Terranova said.
Again, Terranova's belief in the daughter of Freud was more than justified.
That brief challenge around the turn was as close as any of her six rivals would get to Franny Freud on Wednesday as the bay filly drew off with authoritative strides to capture the Grade II, $150,000 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland by a widening 43/4 lengths.
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While her connections have become accustomed to posing with Franny Freud in the winner's circle, her fifth victory in her eighth start undoubtedly ranks as their favorite celebration.
Franny Freud, who has knocked heads with the likes of Grade I winner Devil May Care and Grade II winner Amen Hallelujah, now has a coveted graded stakes win of her own.
"Just a really special filly. She's been great to us so far," said Paul Pompa Jr., who co-owns Franny Freud along with Stephen Yarbrough and Anthony Grey. "Her (speed) numbers had been superior on the Polytrack; that's why we wanted to come here and target this race.
"She might have some distance limitations, but for what we plan to do with her she'll be fine. And now she's a graded stakes winner."
In just her second start this year and first outing since January, Franny Freud outfooted her rivals to get to the front where she settled well in hand under jockey Garrett Gomez through fractions of :23.29 and :47.09.
Grand Affair tracked the leader in second and made a bid for the lead leaving the far turn, but soon learned firsthand why Franny Freud was sent off the 1-2 favorite.
"We were able to set soft fractions, and she finished up really well," Gomez said. "She got a good breather for half a mile and was just galloping around there.
"When I set her down, she went ahead and put it out there and sprinted away."
Franny Freud covered the 7 furlong and 184 foot distance in 1:26.89. Chantilly Nayla came running well in the lane to get second with Diva Delite 4 lengths farther back in third.
"I was hoping that she (Franny Freud) would get tired, but she never did," said James Graham, jockey for Chantilly Nayla.
Though no decision has been made on where Franny Freud would start next, the fact she owns wins over both dirt and synthetic surfaces gives her connections many favorable options.
"You know it's hard to say for sure (what her best surface is)," Terranova said. "Until she proves us otherwise, she's just a good, good filly and I'm sure we'll point for some dirt races. She's impressed us from Day One and ... it's all just proved true. We're really proud of her."