BreederMr Amore Stables
DamMy Every Wish
Firenze Fire was indeed en fuego in the Vosburgh Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park, smoking the field by 2 3/4 lengths. This redeeming comeback from last year’s running where he lost by a nose, earned him an automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) via the "Win and You're In" Challenge Series and pushed his lifetime earnings to more than $2 million.
It was the bay horse’s fifth start under conditioner Kelly Breen, who assumed training duties from Jason Servis earlier this year. The Vosburgh gave the 5-year-old his third graded stakes win in 2020 and his seventh overall and helped him bounce back from an icy performance in the Forego Stakes Presented by America’s Best Racing (G1) on a sloppy track.
"I can say he doesn't like the mud,” Breen said. “You can put a line through his last race and he really performed today. He loves Belmont. We'll have to get him as used to Keeneland as he is to Belmont. He looked great today and we're on to the Breeders' Cup."
Breen grew up in New Jersey and frequented races at Monmouth Park, where he has won several leading trainer titles, with his father. He saddled 2011 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Ruler on Ice, who finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) that same year.
Owner Ron Lombardi of Mr. Amore Stables is looking forward to returning to the Breeders' Cup with Firenze Fire for a fourth straight year, following appearances in the 2017 Juvenile (G1) (seventh), the 2018 Dirt Mile (G1) (fourth) and 2019 Sprint (fifth). He also competed in the 2018 Kentucky Derby (11th).
"I think he's right there (with the best sprinters in the country),” Lombardi said. “There's no question about it. Kelly has done a fantastic job with him. It's our second win after (the trainer change) and he's a solid horse. This shows he's the real deal."
- October 8, 2020
The upcoming week of racing is a crucial one for owners of horses seeking an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a little more than four weeks from now, as the final six Challenge Series "Win and You're In" preps will be held, each race granting the winner an automatic, fees-paid berth to the 37th World Championships at Keeneland Race Course on Nov. 6-7.
- September 26, 2020
Mr Amore Stable homebred Firenze Fire avenged his nose defeat in last year's race with a powerful victory in Saturday's $150,000 Vosburgh Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park.