Mr. Amore Stable won a pair of graded stakes races at different tracks within a 30-minute span on Saturday afternoon. First, Vision Perfect took the Parx Dash, and then homebred Firenze Fire blew away the field in the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Poseidon's Warrior, ridden by Irad Ortiz for trainer Jason Servis, completed the one-turn mile at Belmont Park in 1:33.74. Firenze Fire was the second-choice at 5-2, finishing nine lengths ahead of 10-1 Seven Trumpets. The 7-5 favorite Mendelssohn finished a tiring third.
“That was great. I've been dying to cut him back, just dying. We thought he'd run good,” said Servis. “We got on the [Kentucky] Derby trail, like you're supposed to do. Do we think he's a mile and a quarter horse? Probably not. But, now we're getting him where he needs to be, a mile, seven eighths, where he might even be a tad sharper. I mean, it all worked out. We're all real happy.”
Mendelssohn broke much more sharply than he had last out in the Kentucky Derby, and found himself on the lead in the first 100 yards. Noble Indy was sent along to wrest the lead away from him at the rail, earning a half-length advantage over Mendelssohn through a first quarter in :23.53. Those two picked up the pace to clock a half-mile in :45.98, at which point Mendelssohn was drawing up alongside Noble Indy. Those two were tracked by Rugbyman and Seven Trumpets.
Meanwhile, Firenze Fire was well-rated early to be in about fifth position, then was sent four-wide around Rugbyman in the far turn. Mendelssohn cleared Noble Indy, but Firenze Fire threatened him at the top of the stretch. Opening up down the lane, Firenze Fire cruised under the wire nine lengths ahead of Seven Trumpets. Mendelssohn had to settle for third, and Rubgyman finished fourth.
Bred in Florida by his owner, Firenze Fire is out of the Langfuhr mare My Every Wish. He won both the G3 Sanford and G1 Champagne as a juvenile, and made a bit of a splash at the start of his sophomore season with a win in the G3 Withers. After an 11th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Firenze Fire returned to dominate the Dwyer. His record now stands at five wins from 11 starts, with earnings of nearly $850,000.
“The time was more than expected,” said winning owner Ron Lombardi. “Irad [Ortiz] and Jason [Servis] said, 'He's ready.' Irad's been breezing him all week and I asked him if he was worried about anybody he said, 'I'm not worried about anybody.' He showed it; it was unbelievable. When he was sitting right off the pace there, and he made a move at the top of the turn, it was so easy. It's just amazing.”
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