Friesan Fire, whose Louisiana Derby (gr. II) romp cemented his status as one of the leading Triple Crown contenders, will most likely not have another race before the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Larry Jones said April 1.
“That’s more than likely the plan,” Jones said. “That’s what it looks like we’ll do. Only if he acts like he’s going to tear the barn down (will they revise their thought process). Right now, he’s galloping easily and not showing any signs of going crazy rank.”
Friesan Fire is currently at Keeneland, where Jones will join him after his other Kentucky Derby threat, Old Fashioned, runs in the April 11 Arkansas Derby (gr. II). Jones said he expects Friesan Fire to have his first work at Keeneland April 12 or shortly thereafter.
If Jones and the connections did change their minds, Friesan Fire would likely run in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) April 11 at Keeneland. The son of A.P. Indy—Bollinger is owned by Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farms.
Friesan Fire swept the Louisiana 3-year-old series by taking the Jan. 10 LeComte (gr. III), Feb. 7 Risen Star (gr. III) and March 14 Louisiana Derby. He is 4-1-1 from seven starts with earnings of $603,265.
If Friesan Fire does train right up to the Derby, he will go in with seven weeks off and without a start at over 1 1/16 miles. The Kentucky Derby, which is May 2 at Churchill Downs, is run at 1 1/4 miles.
Jones trained the last two Kentucky Derby runner-ups, Hard Spun in 2007 and Eight Belles in 2008.