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Friesan Fire captures Risen Star Stakes
By Sports Network
The Sports Network
Lecomte Stakes winner Friesan Fire made it two straight stakes victories at the Fair Grounds this winter with Saturday's win in the $200,000 Risen Star Stakes. The Risen Star is the final local prep race for the Louisiana Derby on March 14.
Setting the pace in the 1 1/16 mile race was Friesan Fire's stablemate It Happened Again. Pressing the pace to the outside of the leader was Code of Honour, with Friesan Fire and Nowhere to Hide vying for third and fourth, respectively, in the 13 horse field.
Around the turn for home, Friesan Fire dropped back a bit as Flying Pegasus joined the leaders. Coming off the turn, however, Friesan Fire and jockey Gabriel Saez moved to the outside as the field hit the stretch.
At the top of the stretch Friesan Fire charged down the middle of the track to take the lead with about a furlong to run. The colt, trained by Larry Jones, could not be caught and posted a two-length win over Flying Pegasus. He covered the 1 1/16 mile Risen Star in 1:45.11 on a fast track.
"He's getting better each time he runs," said Jones. "We had some questions with him that had to be answered and he did that today. Hopefully, it will be smooth sailing from now on. We still haven't gotten to the bottom of this horse, but we're going to shoot for the Louisiana Derby next month now."
Completing the order of finish was Uno Mas, Nowhere to Hide, Giant Oak, Soul Warrior, Indygo Mountain, Au Moon, Dumar, It Happened Again, Map of the World, Summer's Empire and Code of Honour.
Friesan Fire is owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm and Vinery Stables and adds $120,000 to his bankroll, which totals $243,265. The three-year-old has won both of his 2009 starts and is 3-for-6 in his career.
Friesan Fire returned $7.60, $4.60 and $3.40. Flying Pegasus paid $8.80 and $6.20, and Uno Mas paid $7.20 to show.