FIRENZE FIRE (c, Poseidon’s Warrior–My Every Wish, by Langfuhr)
O/B-Mr. Amore Stables (FL). T-Jason Servis. Lifetime Record: GISW, 10-4-1-0, $669,100.
Firenze Fire overcame the rail post position and a sea of slop to run as hard as he could for as long as he could, and this rates as an admirable effort considering he was up against the grain of things in the Derby pedigree-wise and class-wise. This Poseidon’s Warrior homebred fought for early position and did not at all look intimidated while pocketed through the first turn, and all the way down the backstretch he kept inching up to the aggressive frontrunners through demanding fractions. He finally cracked inside the quarter pole but did not come completely unglued, demonstrating a tenacity that should serve him well deeper into the season, perhaps at a sweet spot of seven or eight furlongs.