SEATTLE FITZ WINS WILLAM DONALD SCHAEFER(G3)
Seattle Fitz showed his class scoring an emphatic victory in the $100,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap(G3) on May 15th at Pimlico.
Richard Migliore rode an absolutely flawless race. Breaking from post four, Seattle Fitz got away alertly and contested the pace heading into the first turn. Seattle Fitz was cleared from the outside, but Migliore let the speeds go on and kept Fitz in the clear allowing to settle in third. Fitz remained in a tracking position down the backstretch sitting just over a length back after a half-mile that went in 47.4. Fitz began his advance heading into the turn and drew on even terms midway through the bend. As the field straightened away, Fitz had drawn clear by over a length.
There was one slight scare in the stretch after Seattle Fitz had cleared the eventual runner-up. Richard Migliore went to the right handed whip, and Fitz ducked in toward the rail. The runner-up shifted out to get clear running, but we had already gotten clear, and Seattle Fitz widened out to a length and a half victory. The running time for the race was a solid 1:49.2.
Seattle Fitz earned $60,000 for the victory pushing his career bankroll over $440,000. A five-year-old son of Fitzcarraldo, Seattle Fitz's career record now stands at five wins, three seconds, and two thirds from nineteen career starts.