By Alan Carasso
Andiamo a Firenze (c, 2, Speightstown–My Every Wish, by Langfuhr) bossed what appeared on paper to be a well above-average group of state-bred maidens to become the newest 'TDN Rising Star' for his outstanding WinStar Farm-based stallion.
A close relation to connections' GISW Firenze Fire–by Speightstown's son Poseidon's Warrior ($2,730,350)–the Mr Amore homebred was away like a shot from the inside stall and set a strong pace in advance of the debuting and well-backed filly Danseur d'Oro (Bolt d'Oro), covering the opening quarter in :22.49 over a sloppy main track. Cruising along comfortably as they neared the stretch, Andiamo a Firenze was asked for a bit of a sprint passing the three-sixteeenths marker, widened to lead by about five with time ticking away and went on to score by four eased-down lengths. Fellow firster Miracle Mike (Goldencents) took some time to find his footing, but began to hit his best stride leaving the quarter pole and finished with good energy at the fence to be a promising second. Andiamo a Firenze is the 23rd 'Rising Star' for Speightstown.
Andiamo a Firenze is bred on a cross over Danzig-line stallions responsible for three of Speightstown's 24 worldwide Grade I/Group 1 winners, namely Jersey Town and Mozu Superflare (out of mares by Belong to Me) and Seek Again (Danehill). My Every Wish is the dam of Firenze Fire's 3-year-old full-brother Just Leo, a yearling full-brother named Fuji Fire and a filly foal by Honest Mischief. The colt's third dam is responsible for Broodmare of the Year Oatsee (Unbridled), whose produce includes MGISW Shackleford, GISW Lady Joanne, MGSWs Baghdaria and Afleeting Lady and SW & MGSP Stephanoatsee.
1st-Belmont, $75,000, (S), Msw, 6-3, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 1:04.27, sy, 4 lengths.
ANDIAMO A FIRENZE, c, 2, by Speightstown
1st Dam: My Every Wish, by Langfuhr
2nd Dam: Mille Lacs, by Unbridled
3rd Dam: With Every Wish, by Lear Fan
Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $41,250. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG. Click for the free Equineline.com catalog-style pedigree.
O/B-Mr Amore Stable (NY); T-Kelly J Breen.