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Breeders' Cup 2017

Friesan Fire back on beam

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

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.”

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