FIRENZE FIRE (c, Poseidon’s Warrior–My Every Wish, by Langfuhr)
O-Mr. Amore Stables. B-Mr. Amore Stables (FL). T-Jason Servis. Lifetime Record: GISW, 5-3-0-0, $449,100.
Last Start: 7th, GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA,
Accomplishments Include: 1st, GI Champagne S., BEL, Oct. 7; 1st, GIII Sanford S., SAR, July 22.
Next Start: Jerome S., AQU, Jan. 13
KY Derby Points: 10
Firenze Fire spiked a fever but was not deemed ill enough to scratch from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and if you are willing to accept that explanation for his lackluster seventh-place finish, he certainly belongs with the division’s heavy hitters based on his Saratoga and Belmont stakes form. His Champagne win was particularly powerful, both in terms of how he won and what the horses behind him did in subsequent starts. Firenze Fire broke alertly, rated willingly, and accelerated smoothly a half mile out, then looped 11 rivals to finish with good energy into a solid pace. Champagne runner-up Good Magic upset the Juvenile four weeks later, and third-place finisher Enticed improved enough to win the Kentucky Jockey Club S. on Nov. 25. Firenze Fire’s connections are plotting a New York route to Louisville on the first Saturday in May; their colt had been installed as the even-money favorite for the canceled Jan. 1 Jerome S. that will be rescheduled for this Saturday, and he is expected to be similarly favored in the redrawn version of the race.