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Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed Rating Report: Jerome Stakes

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January 22nd, 2018

He needed the length of the Aqueduct stretch to get past a stubborn pacesetter but Firenze Fire got up in time in the January 13 Jerome. Favored at 2-5, the bay colt courageously wore down Seven Trumpets in the final strides to prevail by a half-length margin, recording his third graded stakes win at a one-turn distance.

From the first crop of Grade 1-winning sprinter Poseidon’s Warrior, the Florida-bred failed to make an impact when finishing seventh in his lone two-turn attempt, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Firenze Fire registered a 94 BRIS Speed rating in the one-mile Jerome. That number may be a little suspect over a drying-out track that was playing extremely slow, but he’s never received a BRIS Speed rating higher than 96 from six career starts.

The Jason Servis trainee does have 20 points toward a Kentucky Derby berth, also earning 10 for an excellent victory over Good Magic in the Champagne (G1). And Firenze Fire could theoretically avoid a two-turn race before the first Saturday in May. He’s pointing toward the March 10 Gotham (G3), which offers 50 to the winner at a one-turn mile, and will have the option to avoid the final round of prep races with a victory.

Here are the top BRIS Speed ratings so far in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series:

Horse (finish)

 

Race

 

BRIS Speed

Bolt d’Oro

 

FrontRunner (1st)

 

105

Good Magic

 

BC Juvenile (1st)

 

105

McKinzie

 

Sham (1st)

 

104

Solomini

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (3rd)

 

101

McKinzie

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (1st)

 

100

Instilled Regard

 

Los Alamitos Futurity (2nd)

 

100

Solomini

 

BC Juvenile (2nd)

 

100

All Out Blitz

 

Sham (2nd)

 

99

Bolt d’Oro

 

BC Juvenile (3rd)

 

99

Catholic Boy

 

Remsen (1st)

 

98

Firenze Fire

 

Champagne (1st)

 

96

Instilled Regard

 

Lecomte (1st)

 

96

Good Magic

 

Champagne (2nd)

 

96

Solomini

 

FrontRunner (2nd)

 

96

Firenze Fire

 

Jerome (1st)

 

94

Seven Trumpets

 

Jerome (2nd)

 

94

My Boy Jack

 

Sham (3rd)

 

94

Shivermetimbers

 

Sham (4th)

 

94

Enticed

 

Ky Jockey Club (1st)

 

93

Greyvitos

 

Springboard Mile (1st)

 

93

Avery Island

 

Remsen (2nd)

 

93

Tiz Mischief

 

Ky Jockey Club (2nd)

 

93

The Tabulator

 

Iroquois (1st)

 

92

Principe Guilherme

 

Lecomte (2nd)

 

92

Enticed

 

Champagne (3rd)

 

92

Snapper Sinclair

 

Lecomte (3rd)

 

92

Free Drop Billy

 

Breeders’ Futurity (1st)

 

91

Combatant

 

Springboard Mile (2nd)

 

91

Hollywood Star

 

Iroquois (2nd)

 

91

Vouch

 

Remsen (3rd)

 

91

Promises Fulfilled

 

Ky Jockey Club (3rd)

 

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

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