Sunday, March 15, 2009

Friesan Fire makes it look easy

By Jay Privman

Friesan Fire has developed in an assured, steady fashion this winter, and on Saturday at Fair Grounds, he ran the best race of his career, turning what appeared to be a wide-open Louisiana Derby into a tour de force. Friesan Fire ($6.40) ran away to a 7 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2, $600,000 Louisiana Derby, giving him a sweep of Fair Grounds's major stakes races for 3-year-olds. He was good in the Lecomte on Jan. 10, better in the Risen Star on Feb. 7, and sensational in the Louisiana Derby.

Win Willy, 56-1, upsets Old Fashioned in Rebel
By Mary Rampellini - Posted 9:36 pm

In a stunning upset, 56-1 outsider Win Willy closed from 15 lengths back to hand Old Fashioned the first defeat of his five-race career Saturday in the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Pioneerof the Nile gets job done
By Steve Andersen - Posted 7:25 pm

With his mind halfway on the job at hand, Pioneerof the Nile extended his stakes-winning streak to three races in Saturday's $200,000 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita.

Musket Man goes wide to find room
By Mike Welsch - Posted 9:42 pm

Musket Man extricated himself from traffic on the final turn, then ran down the 35-1 Join in the Dance to register a neck victory in Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby.

Life Is Sweet outruns Santa Margarita rivals
By Steve Andersen - Posted 9:41 pm

For the third time this year, Life Is Sweet scored an impressive stakes win at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, this time taking Sunday'sGrade 1, $300,000 Santa Margarita by 2 1/2 lengths.

Lake seeks Chapter 11 protection
By David Grening - Posted 5:01 pm

Scott Lake, who ranks seventh all-time among trainers in races won, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in federal court earlier this month, but said it should not affect his multistate racing operation.

Bon Jovi Girl moves back to two turns
By Mary Rampellini - Posted 5:19 pm

The fact that Rachel Alexandra left town earlier this week for a start - and a win - in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks was sweet news to trainers with 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 3, $100,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn Park on Sunday.

It's Round 3 for Game Face and Any Limit
By Mike Welsch - Posted 5:18 pm

Sunday's $150,000 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park is a rubber match for Game Face and Any Limit, who have split their first two meetings here this winter in the First Lady and Hurricane Bertie stakes.

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