His first recoreded work since the Breeders' Cup came at Gulfstream Dec. 12 when he got three furlongs in :37 1/5, breezing.Out of the Dixieland Band mare Freddie Frisson, First Samurai was bred in Kentucky by John D. Gunther. He won his first four starts by a combined margin of 18 1/2 lengths, including victories in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga and the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.First Samurai is a Florida Derby (gr. I) early bird nominee and is eligible to take part in Gulfstream's series of races for 3-year-olds that begins with the Aventura Stakes Jan. 7 and continues through the nine-furlong Florida Derby April 1.
First Samurai, a multiple grade I-winning 2-year-old son of Giant's Causeway , stretched his legs Sunday at Gulfstream Park, working three furlongs in a brisk :35.It was the fastest of 13 three-furlong works on the day.Owned by Bruce Lunsford and Lansdon Robbins III, First Samurai is trained by Frankie Brothers. He has not started since a third-place finish behind Stevie Wonderboy and Henny Hughes in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).