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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friesan Fire, Giant Oak gear up for Louisiana Derby



by Brisnet Editorial

With FRIESAN FIRE (A.P. Indy) leading the parade, trainer Larry Jones continues to have a strong hand showing on the table for Louisiana Derby Day, set for March 14 at Fair Grounds.

\"Friesan Fire will probably work again Monday morning," said Jones as he sat at his tack room desk during Friday's mid-morning break. "He continues to be right on schedule for the ($600,000) Louisiana Derby (G2)."

As the two-length winner of the Risen Star S. (G3) and the 1 1/2-length hero of the Lecomte S. (G3), the bay colt is going for a sweep of the Louisiana Derby series -- a feat not accomplished since 1993 -- and will command considerable respect on the second Saturday in March if things continue to go according to schedule.

GIANT OAK (Giant's Causeway), who finished fifth following a troubled trip as the post time favorite in the Risen Star, has an updated work schedule in advance of the Louisiana Derby, according to trainer Chris Block.

"This horse is pretty fit," Block said Friday morning. "He jogged this morning and everything went good today, so we'll postpone his next serious breeze until next weekend."

Nominations close Saturday for the Louisiana Derby as well as the rest of the stakes on Louisiana Derby Day -- the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), $500,000 New Orleans H. (G2), $500,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial H. (G2), $125,000 Duncan Kenner S. and $75,000 Bienville S

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