The headliners are Indygo Mountain, the Bret Calhoun-trained son of A.P. Indywho demolished his opponents in a one-mile maiden event at Churchill Downs Nov. 19; stakes-placed Friesan Fire , whom trainer Larry Jones feels is one of the most promising young colt’s he’s ever had and who has been working lights out at Fair Grounds with the addition of blinkers; Doc’s Friend, another Jones-trained colt, who was third behind eventual Remsen (gr. II) winner Old Fashioned before breaking his maiden by 3 1/2 lengths; Map of the World, a Hennessy colt who broke his maiden at first asking at Keeneland before finishing third in a seven-furlong allowance race at Churchill in a swift 1:22 2/5; Uno Mas, a Steve Asmussen-trained son of Macho Uno, who dusted a maiden field by 4 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs in his dirt debut; and the California invader Escalon, trained by Doug O’Neill, who finished third in the Cal Cup Juvenile and was beaten less than five lengths in both the Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) and Real Quiet Stakes.
Friesan Fire , who is coming off a bullet breeze in :47 flat, fastest of 89 works at the distance, has responded to blinkers in the morning after finishing third in the Futurity Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont and fourth in the Nashua Stakes (gr. III). Jones will equip the son of A.P. Indy with blinkers for the first time, feeling the colt’s tendency to goof off in the stretch in his last two races greatly compromised his chances.
Jones, who also trains the exciting Old Fashioned, has entered Doc’s Friend, a son of Friends Lake, who has never been out of the money in four starts, all at Delaware Park and all at six furlongs or shorter.
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Also entered are Code of Honour, a 4 3/4-length maiden winner at Remington Park; Devil Approved It, who will be making his eighth start, breaking his maiden by 3 3/4 lengths at Presque Isle Downs four starts back; and Southern Anthem, a three-length maiden winner at Churchill for a $30,000 claiming tag.