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SEATTLE FITZ RUNS SECOND IN DONN HANDICAP(G1)

February 08, 2004 · By · Share

Seattle Fitz ran a huge second in the $500,000 Donn Handicap(G1) on February 7th at Gulfstream Park.  John Velazquez said, "He felt really good under me, and he he galloped really strongly.  He never gave up and gave me everything I asked."

 
Breaking from post seven, Seattle Fitz got away in good order and settled into a comfortable stride sitting third heading into the first turn.  John Velazquez smartly eased Seattle Fitz back a bit on the turn when he saw the early pace would be contested.  Fitz sat fifth about five-lengths off a quarter-mile pace that went in 23.1.  Seattle Fitz remained fifth on the outside moving up to just over two-lengths back of a half-mile that went in 47.1.  John Velazquez launched Fitz's attack on the turn going past Funny Cide and setting aim on Medaglia D'Oro getting into second at the top of the stretch.  When they straightened away, Medaglia D'Oro kicked on and we were unable to get to him.  However, we lost less than two-lengths through the stretch and ended up almost four-lengths clear of Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide.  Seattle Fitz collected $95,000 for the race and pushed his career earnings over $350,000.

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