Jockey (from last start)
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 21, 2021
This is the last of eight weekly news releases focusing on the horses and races leading to the 38th Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
- July 1, 2021
Mystic Guide Leads Saturday’s Suburban at Belmont Park Live on NBC and Firenze Fire Headlines Sunday’s John A. Nerud Stakes Live on NBCSN for Automatic Berths into Breeders’ Cup World Championships
The “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and Your In - presented by America’s Best Racing” returns to Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., with two programs of top flight Thoroughbred racing this weekend.
- November 7, 2020
Trainer Ron Moquett's Whitmore finally broke through in his fourth attempt to win Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Keeneland.