Firenze Fire Very Game Over ‘Savage’ Whereshetoldmetogo In Gallant Bob

Mr. Amore Stables’ homebred Firenze Fire got back in the winner’s circle after Saturday’s Grade 3 Gallant Bob Stakes, surviving an attempt by runner-up Whereshetoldmetogo to “savage” him in the final 100 yards. Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. for trainer Jason Servis, Firenze Fire battled hard down the stretch to win by a neck at odds of 7-5. The 3-year-old son of Poseidon’s Warrior completed six furlongs over Parx Racing’s fast main track in 1:11 1/5.

“The horse ran super,” said Servis. “He just ran smooth. Irad saved all the ground all the way around. We go to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint now, what can I say. That’s got to put him over a million dollars. I mean he’s been great. Ron [owner/breeder Ron Lombardi] had the mare sitting, didn’t want to breed her, then he ended up breeding her. He’s a special horse.

“We have the option to do the Mile or the Sprint, but I’ll talk to Ron. We’ll see.”

Firenze Fire was very sharp out of the starting gate, but settled nicely under Ortiz to allow Forced to sprint away for the lead. Ridden by Jeremy Rose, Whereshetoldmetogo tracked Firenze Fire right from the start, while Seven Trumpets was well-placed early on the inside.

After a first quarter in 21 4/5 seconds, leading Forced gave way to a three-wide contingent including Whereshetoldmetogo on the outside, Firenze Fire between horses and Seven Trumpets at the rail.

Those three turned for home together, and Seven Trumpets was the first to give in the stretch. Firenze Fire inched away from Whereshetoldmetogo, but that rival responded by reaching out his neck to try to bite Firenze Fire in the final 100 yards. Stewards called an inquiry on the incident, but since Firenze Fire crossed the wire a neck in front no change was made to the official order of finish. Whereshetoldmetogo finished second, ahead of Seven Trumpets and Engage.

“He tried to bite me,” Ortiz said. “Jeremy (Rose aboard #9) told me he tried to bite me but nothing happened.”

Bred in Florida by his owner, Firenze Fire is out of the Langfuhr mare My Every Wish. Winner of the G1 Champagne as a juvenile, the colt was pointed to the Kentucky Derby where he would eventually finish 11th. Returned to sprint competition, Firenze Fire has won two of his three starts, improving his overall record to 6-1-1 from 13 starts for earnings of over $1 million.

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