SEATTLE FITZ DAZZLES IN BROOKLYN HANDICAP(G2)
Seattle Fitz, West Point's five-year-old son of Fitzcarcarraldo, scored a dazzling victory in the $250,000 Brooklyn Handicap(G2) on June 12th at Belmont Park. Seattle Fitz came within nine-hundredths of a second of breaking the stakes record.
Breaking from the rail, Seattle Fitz got away beautifully, under jockey Richard Migliore who shaded him to the outside after the break, forcing Newfoundland down to the rail. Longshot Angelic Aura showed speed from the outside, pressing the pace and getting a head in front after a quarter-mile that went in a pretty honest 23.2. Richard Migliore let Fitz out a notch in the second quarter, and he blazed through a half in 45.1. That quarter dueled Angelic Aura into submission, but Newfoundland was still pressing from the inside while under a ride. Migliore was sitting pretty chilly on Fitz even though they were really flying. Newfoundland began retreating on the turn, and the lone remaining threat remained Dynever who sat well off the pace early. Seattle Fitz clocked six furlongs in 1:08.2 (less than a second off the track record for six furlongs). Dynever was still about six-lengths back at that point, but was in full rally. When Fitz straightened away at the top of the stretch, Dynever loomed large pulling within a half-length, but he never got any closer. Fitz lead by a half-length entering the stretch, at the mile mark, and at the wire. Even with extremely demanding fractions, Seattle Fitz kept Dynever at bay and looked strong all the way to the wire. The running time for the mile and an eighth was 1:46.1.
With the win, Seattle Fitz earned another $150,000 and pushed his career earnings over $590,000. His 2004 earnings now top $400,000. If Seattle Fitz exits the race in good order, we will tentatively point for the $500,000 Suburban Handicap(G1) on July 3rd at Belmont for his next start. We'll obviously let Fitz tell us how he is doing.
Seattle Fitz was purchased by West Point Thoroughbreds President Terry Finley at the 2002 Pearls of Dubai sale. Seattle Fitz began his career in Dubai for West Point Thoroughbreds, making the successful transition to the United States in the Spring of 2003.