Firenze Fire Lights Up the Champagne

Four years ago, Ron Lombardi’s Mr. Amore Stables dead-heated for second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita. This year, he hopes to return to California and do that performance one better after Firenze Fire won Saturday’s Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. The contest is a “Win & You’re In” race for the…

Brian’s Belmont babies preview

Familial and travel commitments mean that Brian’s Pick 4 preview is on hiatus this week, but fortunately for us, we’ve got his preview of the two-year-old stakes at Belmont. The Grade I, $440,000 Frizette for 2-year-old fillies at 1-mile.1. Annie’s Melody: Enters off just a 5 ½-furlong maiden win at Monmouth over seven weeks ago,…

Dipping into the Champagne

We’re jumping ahead a few days with a look at this weekend’s racing; an evening school event on Thursday followed by a departure for opening weekend at Keeneland might mean that posting will be light as we head towards the weekend, so I look forward to—and back at—the Champagne. First run in 1867, the race…

The Jamaica, the Frizette, and the Champagne

It’s the mid-week doldrums in fall racing in NY. Keeneland opens on Friday with a host of stakes races through the weekend, and NY horses and jockeys will be heading west; later in the week we’ll take a look at the NY invaders. For now, we’ll take a quick look at the stakes races at…