Vinery Stable and Fox Hill Farm’s Friesan
Fire, last season’s Grade II Louisiana Derby winner and post time
favorite for last spring’s Kentucky Derby, came out of his 1 3 /4-length
victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Louisiana Handicap in good
order, according to Scott Blasi, Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve
Asmussen’s invaluable longtime assistant.
“He came out of yesterday’s race real
good,” said Blasi Sunday morning during training hours. “We got what we wanted.
Anytime you can stay home and win a race for $75,000 – there’s nothing wrong
with that. The weather during the month of December here really killed us and
set back with our training. Now, we’re getting back on schedule again. He got a
lot out of that race yesterday.
“Letsgetitonmon (third in
Saturday’s Grade III Lecomte) is another horse who moved forward yesterday,”
said Blasi of the Asmussen-trained sophomore owned by Bob Zollars and Mark
Wagner. “With 3-year-olds at this time of year, if they keep performing well
and showing improvement each time, you just let them keep doing that until they
find their level.
“For instance, take a horse like Soul
Warrior last year,” said Blasi. “He kept improving and went on to win the
$750,000 West Virginia Derby. There’s nothing wrong with that. The point is, at
this time of year, you just have to let them show you what they can do.”