Fireball Baby left Horseshoe Indianapolis last fall on a winning note in the $150,000 Lady Fog Horn. The multiple stakes winning Indiana sired mare was thought to be moving into retirement, but after consideration this winter by Owners Tammy and Richard Rigney, she is back in action, and what a return it was. Fireball Baby and Marcelino Pedroza Jr. renewed their connection with a win in the 22nd running of the $100,000 Hoosier Heartland Stakes, her first start in nearly 11 months.
Starting from post seven, Pedroza Jr. was patient out of the gate, getting away in mid pack as Anna’s Tribute and Orlando Mojica moved out for the lead on the inside tracked closely by Hungarian Princess and Sammy Bermudez on the outside of Queen Charmaine and Alex Achard on the inside. Fireball Baby found the spot right behind Hungarian Princess in the early stages of the race and heading into the final turn, they were able to dip to the inside to save ground before Pedroza Jr. pulled Fireball Baby back out behind Hungarian Princess for the stretch drive.