Impressive Maiden Winner Fireline Targets Spring Return After Minor Setback

January 1, 2023

Fireline breaks her maiden impressively Nov. 4, 2022 at Aqueduct (NYRA/Coglianese)

Search Results Gearing Up for 5-Year-old Campaign

NYRA Press Office

OZONE PARK, N.Y.— Juddmonte’s Kentucky homebred filly Fireline, who won impressively at second asking on November 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack, will aim for a return to the races sometime this spring after a minor setback on the heels of her dominant 13 1/2-length score going one-mile over the main track.

The daughter of Arrogate battled with Avant through the first half-mile before taking the advantage with ease at the top of the lane and galloping home geared down under Hall of Famer Javier Castellano. The effort garnered a 71 Beyer Speed Figure.

“She had a minor setback after that race, so we needed to stop on her,” said Brown. “But I’m very hopeful to have her back in my barn soon.”

Brown said Fireline will not be ready for a return in the $250,000 Busher Invitational on March 4 at the Big A, but said the filly will “absolutely” target the high profile stakes later in the spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, such as the Grade 1 Acorn in mid-June.

“I hope she’s good enough for a race like the Acorn or something like that,” said Brown. “Those are very special races, so we’ll see. The Busher is a little soon and I think we’ll have to wait a little longer than that, or I would have said absolutely to that.”

Brown also noted that multiple graded stakes-winner and 2021 Grade 1 Acorn victress Search Results will race again this year. Owned by Klaravich Stables, the 5-year-old daughter of Flatter was last seen finishing a well-beaten sixth in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff on November 5 at Keeneland, capping off a campaign that included graded scores in the Grade 2 Ruffian at Belmont and Grade 3 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth Park.

“She’s coming back and we’ll run her this year, so that’s exciting,” said Brown. “We’ll see [where she returns].”

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