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Seattle Fitz retired to stud

November 08, 2004 · By · Share

Seattle Fitz has been retired from racing and will stand as a stallion at Buck Pond Farm in Kentucky beginning in 2005.

A five-year-old son of Fitzcarraldo, Seattle Fitz captured three graded stakes in 2004 and retired with earnings of over $594,000 from twenty-one career starts.

Seattle Fitz was purchased by Terry Finley at the Pearls of Dubai sale in the United Arab Emirates in October of 2002.  Seattle Fitz debuted for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin against allowance company in Dubai where he defeated a Group 1 winner in winning his first career start.

After competing in the $2,000,000 UAE Derby(G2) in March of 2003, Seattle Fitz shipped to the United States to continue his career.  After an erratic summer campaign, Seattle Fitz put it all together romping to a double digit length victory in a second level allowance at Belmont in the fall of 2003.  From there he immediately stepped into graded stakes company finishing third in the Fayette Stakes(G3) at Keeneland.  Later in 2003 he also placed in the Queens County(G3) at Aqueduct.

Seattle Fitz continued his breakout in 2004 winning his first graded stake, the Aqueduct Handicap(G3), over Evening Attire.  Seattle Fitz ran a huge second to Medaglia D'Oro in the Donn Handicap(G1) defeating the likes of Funny Cide and Bowman's Band.

Seattle Fitz went on to win the William Donald Schaefer Handicap(G3) at Pimlico before scoring his biggest score in the Brooklyn Handicap(G2) at Belmont.  A race in which he tied the stakes record.

Terry Finley said, "He was such an honor to be associated with.  From the moment I bought him in Dubai, he had such an air of class about him.  He offered us so much excitement.  That win in the Brooklyn was so exhilarating.  From dueling Newfoundland into submission on the turn to holding off Dynever in the stretch.  It was a dream come true.  I wish he could have run forever, but there was no guarantee he was going to be able to come back at the level we were used to, and we didn't want to bring him back only to have his class affected.  Doug Arnold runs a great operation and Buck Pond, and we are thrilled to have Fitz standing there.  We look forward to seeing his foals out on the racetrack."

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