Fitz Just Right Ultra Impressive in Stakes Victory
Fitz Just Right Shatters Track Record in Stakes Win
The question always exists whenever a horse runs on a polytrack or an all weather surface for the first time. Will they take to it or not? Fitz Just Right answered the question with a resounding yes, as she shattered the track record at the Ocala Training Center by better than four seconds en route to a commanding score in the Ocala Breeders Championship Stakes. Fitz Just Right covered the distance of a mile and a sixteenth in a remarkable 1:42.20.
Breaking from post three under jockey Alan Garcia, Fitz Just Right was sent right to the front. She was forced to go a little faster than Garcia had originially planned, as she covered the opening half in :47.1, and three-quarters in 1:11.1. "I knew that in her last race she had a bit of a tangled start and a wide trip, so I wanted to keep her clear this time. We went a little faster than I would have liked on the lead, but she was really doing it on her own," said Garcia.
Turning for home, Fitz had a narrow lead, but would face a stiff challenge from Best Lass. It appeared as though Best Lass may have actually poked her head in front, but she Fitz responded and seemed to find another gear. She would reclaim the lead and go on to the hard-fought half-length win. "She saw the horse on the outside of her and found more," continued Garcia. "She's a very nice filly."
Perhaps the most impressive note about Fitz Just Right's performance in the Darley Ocala Breeders' Sale Championship was the final time of the race. Fitz's final time of 1:42.1 was 4.1 seconds faster than the previous track record.
Assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin was obviously thrilled with the filly's effort. "She's always been one we thought highly of," said McLaughlin. "She had some bad luck in the Busanda last time out, but man was she awesome today."
For the win, her first stakes victory, the three-year-old daughter of Seattle Fitz earned $60,000 and a breeding season to the outstanding sprinter (and stallion) Henny Hughes. She has now won just over $110,000 during her four-race career, and ran her career mark to three wins from four starts.