12/03/2009 12:00AM

Friesan Fire third in return


Friesan Fire checked in a well-beaten third Thursday at Fair Grounds in his . Never really in contention, Friesan Fire was beaten six lengths by Fair Grounds-loving Good and Lucky, who won by three lengths over Glamour Guy.

Breaking fourth in a five-horse field, Friesan Fire raced in fourth for much of the one-mile and 40-yard allowance race. On the far turn, Glamour Guy came from last to make a wide move outside Friesan Fire, who was briefly stuck behind two tiring pacesetters as Good and Lucky moved to the lead. Shuffled back to last at the top of the stretch, Friesan Fire tipped to the far outside under Shaun Bridgmohan, making up some ground on second-place Glamour Guy from the eighth to the sixteenth pole before losing his momentum the final half-furlong.

Trainer Steve Asmussen, for whom Friesan Fire made his first start Thursday, said Bridgmohan "didn't get as smooth a trip as he was wanting."

"I think the horses that beat him ran well today," Asmussen said. "He got a little tired, and he was blowing good after the race. If he comes back well, we'll try to add to where we're at. He was a little excitable before the race - you just want him to settle a little more, show a little more confidence."

Asmussen said there are no concrete plans for Friesan Fire's next start. Thursday's was his first race since the Preakness Stakes in May, after which Friesan Fire had time off to recuperate from injuries to both his forelegs.

"We'll see how he trains off this," said Asmussen. "I'm anxious to see his attitude tomorrow, as well as when he goes back to the track."

Good and Lucky, winning for the fifth time at Fair Grounds, paid $12 to win under Shane Sellers. He was timed in 1:40.28 over fast dirt.

Friesan Fire went off at 2-5, and was far from the only beaten chalk on the day. In fact, favorites failed to win any of the nine races Thursday at Fair Grounds.