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Top 3YOs Face Friesan Fire in La. Derby

Top 3YOs Face Friesan Fire in La. Derby

Winner of the Jan. 10 LeComte (gr. III) and Feb. 7 Risen Star (gr. III), Friesan Fire will try to sweep the Louisiana series for 3-year-olds and stamp himself as one of the top Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) contenders in the nation. The son of A.P. Indy--Bollinger was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

Friesan Fire is Louisiana Derby Choice

Friesan Fire is Louisiana Derby Choice

Friesan Fire, winner of the LeComte (gr. III) and Risen Star (gr. III), has been installed the 5-2 morning line choice in the 10-horse field that will contest the March 14, $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds.

Giant Oak OK After Minor Scare

Giant Oak OK After Minor Scare

Giant Oak's breeze on March 7, clocked in 1:00.80 for five furlongs, was a routine move in advance of Fair Grounds' $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) on March 14. However, just past the wire, trainer Chris Block's big horse bobbled briefly, giving the Illinois-based conditioner some moments of concern until he was able to check out his horse back at the barn.

General Quarters Pulls Sam Davis Upset

General Quarters Pulls Sam Davis Upset

Thomas McCarthy's General Quarters pulled a shocker and threw his name into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) mix, as he stalked the pace, took over rounding the far turn and pulled away for a convincing 3 1/2-length score in the $221,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 14.

Derby Hopeful Free Country Purchased

Derby Hopeful Free Country Purchased

Nathan Fox's Richland Hills, Lee Einsidler's LRE Racing, and Al Ferri's Triple F Stable have purchased an interest in 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) hopeful Free Country from John Gerbas Jr.'s Silver Wing Stable.

Ky. Derby Trail: Let the Lists Begin

Ky. Derby Trail: Let the Lists Begin

With the first Derby Dozen list scheduled for early February, this is a good time to make up a Top 10 list of horses who haven't accomplished enough just yet to make the official list, but who have a good chance of making it in the near future.

McPeek 3-Year-Olds Star at Gulfstream

McPeek 3-Year-Olds Star at Gulfstream

Kenny McPeek stole the show in the two highly-anticipated 3-year-old allowance races Jan. 8 at Gulfstream Park. The trainer won both 1 1/8-mile events with second-time starters and now has a pair of good-looking colts to watch for on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trail.

Connections

Trainer Manny Perez
Jockey Angel Ortega Stanley
Owner Silver Wing Stable (John Gerbas, Jr., et al)
Breeder George Brunacini & Bona Terra Farm

Pedigree

Free Country View Five-Cross Pedigree Big Country A.P. Indy
Flanders
Smyrna Wild Again
Baldski's Holiday

Auction History

Sale / Hip Type Buyer Consignor Price
KEENOV2006
Hip 4741
Weanling John M. Gerbas Jr., agent Bona Terra Farms, agent $10,500

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