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Fierceness (c, 3, City of Light–Nonna Bella, by Stay Thirsty) had lost some of his luster with a dull third-place effort in the GIII Holy Bull S., but last year’s champion 2-year-old returned to the top of the GI Kentucky Derby picture with a resounding victory as the even-money favorite in the GI Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park Saturday. The Repole Stable homebred broke sharply from post 10 and quickly moved up and over heading into the first turn in what proved the only drama of the 1 1/8-mile race. He was well in hand while setting fractions of :24.06 and :47.50 and opened up on the field on the far turn without being asked and strode down the stretch in splendid isolation under a motionless John Velazquez. Catalytic (Catalina Cruiser) was second and Grand Mo The First (Uncle Mo) was third. The time for the nine furlongs was 1:48.22.

Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-1. O/B-Repole Stable (Ky). T-Todd Pletcher.

#10 FIERCENESS ($4.20) & @ljlmvel were untouchable in the $1 million Curlin Florida Derby (G1)! The 2YO Champ is headed to the Kentucky Derby for trainer @PletcherRacing after that dominant performance. Fierceness is sired by @LanesEndFarmsCity of Light. #KYDerby2024

— TVG (@TVG) March 30, 2024

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