2nd at 3LOUISIANA DERBY
(gr. II , 8.5f , to Friesan Fire, defeating Terrain, Giant Oak, Soul Warrior, Flying Pegasus, Uno Mas, Patena, Free Country ).
Friesan Fire continued to burn brightly at Fair Grounds as he demolished a nine-horse field to win the March 14 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) by 71Ú4 lengths over Papa Clem. In doing so, he became the first horse to sweep the trackÕs Lecomte Stakes (gr. III), Risen Star Stakes (gr. III), and Louisiana Derby since Dixieland Heat in 1993.
Larry Jones trains the 3-year-old A.P. Indy colt for Tom SimonÕs Vinery Stables and Rick PorterÕs Fox Hill Farms. Friesan Fire has been slightly overshadowed by stablemate Old Fashioned, who finished second in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park later that day.
As Jones was in Arkansas for the Rebel, Friesan Fire was saddled by his assistant and wife, Cindy, who mentioned that the bay colt is a bit of a ladiesÕ man in that he prefers women to men.
ÒI followed the trainerÕs instructions completely,Ó joked Cindy Jones after the race. ÒI dotted every ÔiÕ and crossed every ÔtÕ just like he told me to do. Maybe people will start paying attention to this horse a little more after the way he ran.Ó
Friesan Fire was bred in Kentucky by Grapestock, which is the breeding division of the Vinery operation. The colt was offered at auction as a yearling but failed to meet his reserve when bidding stopped at $725,000. He is out of the Dehere mare Bollinger, a group I winner in Australia for Vinery.
ÒAll I can say is ÔWow.Õ What else can you say? What a kick,Ó said VineryÕs general manager Tom Ludt. ÒItÕs all in the family. We have the More Than Ready yearling, and it is exciting.Ó
Friesan Fire is the second foal out of Bollinger, whose yearling filly has been named Champagne Run. The mare was bred to Mr. Greeley for 2009 but aborted the foal. Bollinger has been bred to Smart Strike.
A.P. Indy is the sire of 116 stakes winners including El Crespo, who won the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) the same day Friesan Fire took the Louisiana Derby. The 20-year-old son of Seattle Slew stands at LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for $250,000.ÑA.H.D.
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