Fire At Will: Takes Aim At Kentucky?

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Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Friday, February 12, 2021

FIRE AT WILL was last seen torching rivals in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf last Fall. He earned a 105 Equibase Figure from that effort, tying 2-year-old champion JACKIE'S WARRIOR's best. One must wonder how FIRE AT WILL stacks up against this year's three-year-old crop on the Kentucky Derby Trail. 

Well, that answer might come sooner than later. FIRE AT WILL is currently listed as "probable" for two stakes races: the Palm Beach (G3) on the turf and Fountain of Youth (G2) on the dirt. He's won over both surfaces.

A win in the Fountain of Youth would jump him right into the Road to the Kentucky Derby. The race comes at the end of this month, February 27th, 2021 at Gulfstream Park. But he'd have to face GREATEST HONOUR from the Shug McGaughey stable who is also pointed at the race.

Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf winners have fared poorly in their Kentucky Derby attempts. In the past decade only MENDELSSOHN, in 2018, made it to the gate, but suffered so terrible a trip that he was ultimately eased and left some 70 lengths behind JUSTIFY.

Can FIRE AT WILL outrun his pedigree? His lineage screams turf and he is conditioned by top turf trainer Michael Maker. He is the son of DECLARATION OF WAR out of FLIRT by KITTEN'S JOY.

FIRE AT WILL continues to work consistently, not missing a work week going back to January 9th of last month. He's sound and ready to go. 

Despite zero starts this year, he is still on the KY Derby Future Wager Pool 2 with odds of 45-1. That could change dramatically after his next start, so bettors take heed.


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