Izzy Fitzy In Front
Homebred Impressive in Victory
If the black and gold silks are synonomous with the West Point Stable, then Izzy Fitzy must be the flag-bearer for the brand. The three-year-old is a homebred son of Seattle Fitz and he made his first start a winning one in today's third race at Philadelphia Park.
Breaking from post seven, 'Fitzy was squeezed back a bit at the start but didn't allow his troubled start to get the best of him. He was put into contention around the far turn under jockey Jose Caraballo and then made a gorgeous sweeping move to take the lead heading for home. 'Fitzy fanned out six wide at the top of the stretch and held off late-running Keep Me In Mind for the win. "I was forced to go wider than I wanted to, but I knew I had a lot of horse underneath me today" said Caraballo.
The win came as somewhat of a surprise for trainer Guadalupe Preciado. "I thought he might need a race or two to figure out what racing is all about, but he showed his natural ability today and got the job done. We couldn't be any happier."
It was an especially gratifying win for WPT President Terry Finley. "We don't breed too many of our own and it's always special when they get to the starting gate. This guy's dad (Seattle Fitz) was one of our best, and for Izzy Fitzy to run like this today and win in his first race, it's really exciting for all of us."
For the win, 'Fitzy earned $18,000.