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Shocking Video - Firenze Fire BITES Yaupon in the Forego

30 Aug 2021
Jon Vine 30 Aug 2021
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  • We bring you a shocking video from Saratoga on Saturday
  • Yaupon beat Firenze Fire to win the Forego Stakes
  • Watch as the runner-up bites his rival coming down the home straight
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2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, Firenze Fire was involved in an incident at Saratoga races on Saturday. (Getty)

We've got some incredible video footage from Saratoga on Saturday night, as Firenze Fire attempts to bite rival Yaupon in the closing stages.

Yaupon and Firenze Fire dominated the betting for the Forego ahead of Saturday's Group One, and the two went straight to the front. As the leaders began to pull clear down the home straight, Firenze Fire inclined his head towards his rival, halting Jose Ortiz's drive, allowing Yaupon to come through and claim victory.

On closer inspection, it became clear that Firenze Fire actually attempted to bite Yaupon when the two made contact. You can see this clearly in the slow-motion video below.

"That was kind of scary," said Yaupon's rider, Ricardo Santana. "That's never happened to me before and the only thing I could think was, 'Don't stop riding'."

Winning trainer, Steve Asmussen added, "The finish made it that much more dramatic. I will watch that replay many times in the future. For that to happen in a Grade 1 at Saratoga with two horses on the lead, that will be memorable."

Firenze Fire has a history of violence, having attempted a similar assault on Whereshetoldmetogo during the Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx in 2018.

Yaupon and Firenze Fire could meet next in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Jackie's Warrior tops Paddy Power's betting for that Group One, with Yaupon and Firenze Fire sitting second and third in the betting.

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