FIRE’S FINALE RALLIES TO PA NURSERY SCORE
The pace in Monday’s $80,000 Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes at Parx Racing took a lot out of the early speed horses. That was good news for the closers, particularly Fire’s Finale, who rallied from last to win.
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Under Parx leading rider Mychel Sanchez, Fire’s Finale found himself in last after the opening quarter of the seven-furlong test for two-year-old Pennsylvania-breds went by in 22.77 seconds. He began to make up ground rounding the turn while maintaining position along the rail.
He’d improved to ninth, but less than five lengths off the pace, after a half-mile in 46.57 seconds. He angled out near the quarter-pole for clear running room and finished strongly to win by a length over Kidnapped, who similarly rallied from 11th. Early leader Just a Thought held third but was over three lengths behind the place horse. Post time favorite Like a Saltshaker, a Presque Isle Downs stakes winner, finished sixth.
Fire’s Finale paid $25.80 to win and topped an exacta, with the wagering second choice, that returned $120.20 for two dollars. Running time for the seven furlongs over a fast main track was 1:25.35.
Fire’s Finale, a homebred for Kennwood Racing LLC, which owns him in partnership with Degaetano and Pastore, Inc., broke his maiden in his sixth try. That came in his prior start, also at Parx, when he won by a head as the 4-5 favorite in a five-horse field.
Trained by Kelly Breen, Fire’s Finale, a son of Jump Start, now has two wins from seven career starts with earnings of $108,315.