Izzy Fitzy Caps Off Remarkable Month for WPT
Homebred Tallies Second-Career Win, Gives Barn 7th Win of Month
Unfortunately, for West Point Thoroughbreds, it's the shortest month of the year. February lasts only 28 days this year, and the stable will be sorry to see it go, after a remarkable month of success capped off today by Izzy Fitzy scoring his second career win.
In just his third career start, the homebred son of Seattle Fitz, showed his grit and determination to take a starter allowance at Philadelphia Park. 'Fitzy showed his speed earlier than usual, taking the lead after spotting the field a couple of lengths at the break. He led through an opening quarter of :22.4 and a half of :46.1 and turned for home with a narrow lead. Izzy Fitzy faced a stiff closing run from Gus Who, but was able to hold him off for the victory.
For the win, 'Fitzy earned $15,000, and has now earned over $35,000 for his career.
Today's win caps an outstanding month for the WPT stable. During the month of February, West Point horses competed in 23 races; winning seven, finishing second in three, and finishing third in five others. For the month, the barn tallied a sharp win percentage of 30% and a remarkable in-the-money clip of 65%.
February began with Mr. Fantasy's sensational allowance win on the 1st, and ended today with Izzy Fitzy's score in a starter allowance. In between, we witnessed Fitz Just Right's record-setting performance in the Ocala Breeders' Sale Championship, El Gato Malo's tour de force in the McCann's Mojave, and the graded stakes placing of Buzzin And Dreamin in the Southwest Stakes.
WPT President Terry Finley attributed the success to a number of factors. "We have a lot of quality in the barn and our horses are really doing well. We believe February was by no means a fluke, rather a sign of things to come. Obviously, you have to have some luck when you have the amount of success we did, but I think we're poised for a tremendous 2009 campaign overall."