Firenze Fire Wears Down Seven Trumpets To Win Jerome
By Margaret Ransom
Mr. Amore Stables’ Grade 1-winning homebred Firenze Fire returned to his winning ways on Saturday with a half-length victory in the $150,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct. Under jockey Manny Franco, the Jason Servis-trained son of Poseidon’s Warrior closed down the lane from his position near the back of the pack early to just get up for the win, stopping the clock on the muddy, sealed track in 1:42.88 for the one-mile distance.
Seven Trumpets, who set all the pace on the heavy track in pedestrian splits of :25.01, :50.81 and 1:16.72, held on to second-place honors and was 5 ¼ lengths in front of Coltandmississipi at the wire. Regalian, Factor This and Glennwood rounded out the order of finish after Old Time Revival and Smooth B were withdrawn.
I was on the best horse today,” Franco said. “The instructions were to… (more)