Friesan Fire , winner of the 2009 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and the favorite in that year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been retired from racing and placed into a syndicate comprised of Tom Simon’s Vinery, Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, and the Pons family’s Country Life Farm. Friesan Fire, who earned $679,356, will stand in 2012 at the Pons’ Merryland Farm near Hydes, Md., for a fee of $4,000 stand and nurse.
Bred in Kentucky by Vinery’s breeding division, Grapestock, Friesan Fire is by A.P. Indy out of Australian group I winner Bollinger (by Dehere). Friesan Fire initially raced for Vinery Stables.
Trained by Larry Jones, Friesan Fire won at 2 in his first start and then placed in the Futurity Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont Park in his next. A half-interest in Friesan Fire later was sold to Fox Hill.
Friesan Fire started his 3-year-old season with three straight wins. He captured the Lecomte Stakes (gr. III), the Risen Star Stakes (gr. III), and the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) by 7 1/4 lengths. He went postward as the 7-2 favorite in the Kentucky Derby, but suffered a foot injury after a rough trip.
Friesan Fire, who at 4 won the Louisiana Handicap, was retired with five wins and four placings from 18 starts.
“We have been searching for a successor to Malibu Moon , a son of A.P. Indy who we started at stud here at Country Life,” said Josh Pons. “Both colts are out of group I-winning mares. Both colts won early as 2-year-olds. The pedigrees of both colts nick well with the broodmare population in the mid-Atlantic region.”