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Thumb_nevills Joe Nevills , 2018-02-08 - DRF Breeding Live Posted : Feb 8, 2018, 1:51 PM

First foal is a filly for late New York sire Effinex

The first foal for the late Grade 1 winner Effinex was born Jan. 27 at Hidden Lake Farm in Stillwater, N.Y., when the Freud mare Freuda produced a bay filly.

She is the second foal out of Freuda, an unplaced 6-year-old, whose first foal was an Alpha filly. 

The extended family includes 1993 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Brocco, Grade 1 winner Gozzip Girl, Grade 2 winner My Gi Gi, and Argentine Group 3 winner Galileo's Town.

"She's a big, strong, pretty filly, exactly what I was looking for," said breeder Chris Bernhard of Hidden Lake Farm. "She's got a big hip. We were breeding big-boned, shorter-backed mares to Effinex, and the two that I've gotten so far are what I was hoping for physically. Hopefully we can get a little lucky and they can reproduce themselves on the racetrack." 

Effinex stood his debut season at Questroyal North in Stillwater before being moved to McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in advance of his second year at stud. However, he died in October of a pulmonary aneurysm before he could cover a second book of mares. 

Effinex was New York's second-most active stallion of 2017, covering a reported 110 mares in his lone season at stud.

"Effinex was born and raised with me and Freuda was born and raised with me, so it's kind of fun to have both of them in this foal and keep it in the family," Bernhard said. "Obviously, it's sad to not have him to breed back to this year. Hopefully we can just enjoy the offspring."

A New York homebred for Dr. Russell Cohen, Effinex won nine of 28 starts for earnings of $3,312,950. His biggest victories came in the Grade 1 Clark Handicap, Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap and two editions of the Suburban Handicap, the Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes, and the non-graded Empire Classic Handicap. He finished second to American Pharoah in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic, ran in the money twice in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, and once in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap.

Earlier this week, Bernhard had a second Effinex filly at his farm, out of the Grade 2-winning Grand Lodge mare Grande Melody, whose three foals to race are all winners, including French stakes-placed Broadway Boogie.

"It looks like Northern Dancer spit her out," Bernhard said. "She's got this beautiful, beautiful head. She's a big, strong-bodied filly.

The filly was bred in pertnership with South Elkhorn Stable in Kentucky.