First winner by Friesan Fire

Friesan Fire, a Kentucky bred son of G1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Aus), sired his first winner in Philadelphia on Sunday.

His first-crop colt Morning Fire scored second time out over 1000m for Stony Brook Stables.

Friesan Fire (A P Indy) was sent out favourite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby after sweeping the G3 Lecomte Stakes, G3 Risen Star Stakes and G2 Louisiana Derby but found trouble during a rough trip to finish down the track at Churchill Downs.

He was also unplaced in the G1 Preakness Stakes and was subsequently diagnosed with a stress fracture in his near foreleg as well as a chip fracture in his off foreleg.

Resuming as a four year-old, he added the LR Louisiana Hcp and eventually retired with 5 wins from 18 starts and $679,350 in earnings.

Bollinger (Dehere) was trained by Gai Waterhouse to win the 2003 Coolmore Classic in addition to the G2 Surround Stakes and G3 South Pacific Classic before being shipped to California.  Her dam Bint Marscay (Marscay) was a Group 1 winner of the 1993 Golden Slipper.

Since being repatriated to Australia, Bollinger has foaled two fillies by More Than Ready and she delivered an All Too Hard colt in November.

Friesan Fire stands for a fee of $4,000 at Country Life Farm in Maryland.

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