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SEATTLE FITZ WINS AQUEDUCT HANDICAP(G3)

January 17, 2004 · By · Share Seattle Fitz, five year-old son of  Fitzcarraldo, scored a nose victory today in the $100,000 Aqueduct Handicap(G3).  Breaking from post eight, Seattle Fitz got away exceptionally well from the gate and was sent up from the outside to contest the pace by Aaron Gryder.  With the short run into the turn and Fitz liking to be near the pace, we knew that we would have to go pretty hard early to save track position.  Gryder was able to get Fitz over into about the three path.  He took hold of Fitz and backed him slightly off the pacesetter Rogue Agent.  Fitz sat second, a length and a half back, after a half-mile that went in 46 flat.  Aaron Gryder began to move Fitz up on the outside drawing on even terms on the turn and then having Fitz put his head in front at the top of the stretch.  Gryder put Fitz to an all out drive through the stretch.  Rogue Agent began to weaken with a sixteenth of a mile to go, but multiple graded stakes winner Evening Attire launched a huge bid from back in the pack and began chopping into the lead with every stride.  Fitz however dug in and held off Evening Attire to win by a nose.  The final time for the mile and a sixteenth was 1:42 flat and was just a second off the track record.  Seattle Fitz earned $66,060 for the victory and pushed his career earnings over $255,000.
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