The first reported foal for nine-time GSW Firenze Fire (Poseidon’s Warrior) has arrived in Japan, according to a tweet from Yano Farm in Hokkaido. The new filly is a daughter of the 5-year-old mare Wicked Bisou (Wicked Strong), who is out of Diva Delite (Repent) and therefore a half-sister to champion and millionaire Midnight Bisou (Midnight Lute).
“I was born small, but the best thing is that I am healthy,” the tweet reads.
Florida-bred Firenze Fire raced over five seasons and amassed a career line of 38-14-7-3, $2,730,350. He won the GI Champagne S. as a 2-year-old and eight other graded stakes over his career, including the GII True North S. in both 2020 and 2021, the 2020 GII Vosburgh S. and 2018 GII Dwyer S. He was also third behind champion Whitmore in the 2020 GI Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Aside from his outstanding race record Firenze Fire is perhaps best known for savaging Yaupon (Uncle Mo) and grabbing his bridle during the stretch run of the 2021 GI Forego S. After the incident he finished second.
Owner-breeder Ron Lombardi sold Firenze Fire to stand at Arrow Stud in Japan following the horse’s eighth-place finish in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar.