“He’s back at Belmont and that’s what we’re pointing for,” said Breen.
The 5-year-old Poseidon’s Warrior bay rallied from 11th to finish third last out in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint on November 7 at Keeneland Racetrack under Jose Lezcano.
“It was a good race,” said Breen.
Breen said Lezcano, aboard for Firenze Fire’s Grade 2 Vosburgh Invitational win on September 26 at Belmont, will retain the mount for the Cigar Mile.
Top contenders confirmed for the Cigar Mile include Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby-winner King Guillermo and 2019 Grade 3 Discovery-winner Performer. Other horses under consideration for the Cigar Mile include New York-bred millionaire Mr. Buff and last-out Grade 3 Bold Ruler Handicap-winner Majestic Dunhill.
Breen took over training duties for Firenze Fire earlier this year and has saddled the horse to a record of two wins from six starts, including a victory in the Grade 2 True North on June 27 on a fast Belmont main track. Two of Firenze Fire’s losses for Breen came in Grade 1 events – the Runhappy Carter Handicap at Belmont and the Forego presented by America’s Best Racing at Saratoga – on sloppy tracks.
The Cigar Mile Day card also includes a pair of Grade 2, $150,000 nine-furlong events for juveniles in the Remsen and its filly counterpart, the Demoiselle, as well as the Grade 3, $100,000 Go for Wand Handicap for fillies and mares at one mile.
Breen will send out New Jersey-bred Pickin’ Time, a John Bowers, Jr. homebred, in the Remsen. The Stay Thirsty colt earned an 82 Beyer Speed Figure last out, winning the Grade 3 Nashua at a one-turn mile on the Big A main.
“He came out of it in good order,” said Breen.
Breen said Mr. Amore Stable’s New York homebred It’s a Gamble could target the $100,000 Central Park, a 1 1/16-mile turf tile for juveniles on November 28 at Aqueduct.
“I’m not sure what we’re going to do, but that is a possibility,” said Breen.
The English Channel bay graduated at first asking in a state-bred turf sprint on August 13 at Saratoga ahead of a fourth in the one-mile Nownownow on October 4 on the Monmouth Park turf. Last out, on October 31, It’s a Gamble bobbled at the start of the 1 1/16-mile Awad on yielding Belmont turf and failed to menace when seventh.
Gary and Mary West’s Full Impact, a 3-year-old Street Sense colt, earned a 94 Beyer for his impressive 4 1/2-length score in a first-level allowance on November 13 contested at 6 1/2-furlongs on a sloppy and sealed Big A main.
Out of the multiple graded stakes winning Even the Score mare Four Gifts, Full Impact was purchased for $140,000 at the Keenland September Yearling Sale.
Breen said no future targets have been set as of yet for the promising colt.
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