Risen Star S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8.5f ,)

FRIESAN FIRE (B r, 122 lb) $120,000
A.P. Indy —Bollinger (AUS) , by Dehere
B—Grapestock LLC, KY.; O—Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm; T—J. Larry Jones

Flying Pegasus (DK B/ h, 120 lb) $40,000
Fusaichi Pegasus —Lilly Capote , by Capote
B—James C. Spence, KY.; O—James C. Spence; T—Ralph E. Nicks

Uno Mas (B g, 120 lb) $22,000
Macho Uno —Queen Majesty , by Regal Classic
B—Crossroads Farm, KY.; O—Zollars, Cathy and Bob and Wagner, Mark; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Margins: 2, 1¾, nose. Others: Nowhere to Hide 116($12,000) , Giant Oak 120($6,000) , Soul Warrior 120 , Indygo Mountain 118 , Au Moon 116 , Dumar 120 , It Happened Again 120 , Map of the World 117 , Summer's Empire 122 , Code of Honour 117 . Winning Jockey, Gabriel Saez.

Friesan Fire had speed to burn as he edged away from Flying Pegasus to win the Feb. 7 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) by two lengths at Fair Grounds. In the process, the 3-year-old A.P. Indy colt notched his second consecutive graded stakes win after taking the Jan. 10 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) over the same track.

ÒHeÕs getting better each time he runs,Ó said trainer Larry Jones. ÒWe had some questions with him that had to be answered, and he did that. Hopefully, it will be smooth sailing from now on.Ó

With his victory, Friesan Fire took the next step on the Triple Crown trail. He is owned by Tom SimonÕs Vinery Stables and Rick PorterÕs Fox Hill Farms. Porter had an excellent day at Fair Grounds as he also owns 5-year-old Honest Man, who won the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) earlier on the card. Porter has another Triple Crown hopeful in grade II winner Old Fashioned, who like Friesan Fire and Honest Man is trained by Jones.

Friesan Fire was bred by Grapestock, which is the breeding division of the Vinery operation. He was offered at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale but failed to meet his reserve when bidding stopped at $725,000.

Although Friesan Fire was bred in Kentucky, he is out of the Dehere mare Bollinger, who was a group I winner in Australia for Vinery. After winning the 2003 Coolmore Classic (Aust-I) and two other group contests, the bay mare was sent to the United States.

Bollinger is the last of four foals out of the group I-winning Marscay mare Bint Marscay, who was the champion 2-year-old in Australia in 1993. A talented broodmare, Bint Marscay is also the dam of group III winners Mannington and Sheraton and the granddam of group I winner Benicio and group III winner Romneya.

Friesan Fire is the second foal out of Bollinger. She was bred to Mr. Greeley for this year but did not get in foal.

Horse of the Year A.P. Indy is the sire of 115 stakes winners. The 20-year-old son of Seattle Slew stands at Will FarishÕs LaneÕs End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2009 fee is $250,000.ÑA.H.D.