Firenze Fire training ahead of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar

Firenze Fire training ahead of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar

Anne M. Eberhardt

Firenze Fire Set for Season Debut in Jerome

New Year's Day race is worth 10 points to winner on the Road to Kentucky Derby.

Mr. Amore Stable's Firenze Fire will look to start his 3-year-old season in the same stellar fashion he commenced his juvenile campaign when he heads postward in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes Jan. 1 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

The New Year's Day event is the first 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race on the New York Racing Association circuit, and awards points on a 10-4-2-1 scale to the top for finishers toward a spot in the starting gate for the Kentuky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) May 5 at Churchill Downs.

Firenze Fire, a two-time graded stakes winner, will headline a field of eight 3-year-olds when he breaks from post 5. As a 2-year-old the Poseidon's Warrior  colt won his first two starts, including a one-length score over Free Drop Billy in the Sanford Stakes (G3) July 22 at Saratoga Race Course.

After he finished fourth in the Hopeful Stakes (G1) at the Spa, Firenze Fire rallied from 10th to capture the Champagne Stakes (G1) by a half-length over Good Magic Oct. 7 at Belmont Park.

Good Magic went on to the win the Nov. 4 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Del Mar, and Firenze Fire settled for seventh. After a nearly two-month break, the Jason Servis trainee will make his Aqueduct debut.

"He's being doing OK, so we'll see what happens," Servis said. "I'm not looking for anything particular except a good race."

Also entered is Millionaire Runner, a son of Warrior's Reward  who broke his maiden at fourth asking Nov. 25 at Parx Racing, then took a step up in class last time out and finished seventh in the Dec. 2 Remsen Stakes (G2) in his graded debut.

West Point Thoroughbreds' Seven Trumpets will make the jump to stakes company after back-to-back wins at Churchill Downs. Trained by Dale Romans, the Morning Line  colt is unbeaten in two starts since jockey Robby Albarado took over the riding duties following his fifth-place finish in his debut July 15 at Ellis Park. Seven Trumpets will stretch out to one mile and has never raced longer than 6 1/2 furlongs.

Diamond King, also entered in the $100,000 Heft Stakes Dec. 30 at Laurel Park, drew post 2 in the Jerome for trainer Butch Reid. Diamond King won his first two races before Reid sent him to Churchill for the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2). Diamond King clipped heels nearing the first turn in that event and threw jockey Frankie Pennington to the ground. Looking for a less eventful trip, should he start in the Jerome, Pennington will again have the call.

Rounding out the field are Diamond King's stablemate, Smooth B, who will look to place in a stakes race in his fourth attempt; Old Time Revival, who will make his first stakes start for trainer Ken Decker; Honor Up, a first-time stakes starter for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott; and Regalian, a last-out maiden winner trained by Chris Englehart.

Entries: Jerome S.

Aqueduct Racetrack, Monday, January 01, 2018, Race 7

  • STK
  • 1m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:34 PM (local)
11Honor Up (NY)Junior Alvarado116William I. Mott6/1
22Diamond King (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFrankie Pennington118Robert E. Reid, Jr.7/2
33Regalian (KY)Luis R. Reyes116Chris J. Englehart15/1
44Old Time Revival (FL)Paco Lopez116Kenneth Decker10/1
55Firenze Fire (FL)Irad Ortiz, Jr.122Jason Servis1/1
66Smooth B (PA)Joseph Rocco, Jr.118Robert E. Reid, Jr.20/1
77Seven Trumpets (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado118Dale L. Romans4/1
88Millionaire Runner (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateNicky Figueroa116Jaime Mejia30/1