West Point Thoroughbreds' Seattle Fitz, first in three graded stakes this year, has been retired from racing because of an ankle injury, according to West Point president Terry Finley. Seattle Fitz, whose big win came in the Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park, retired with earnings of $594,371.
"Seattle Fitz has been the linchpin of the stable, and provided us with our biggest thrill this spring when he won the Brooklyn," Finley said. "He was very tough, always showed a lot of guts, and was a great horse to be associated with."
Seattle Fitz not only won the historic Brookyn, but also this year's Aqueduct (gr. III) and William Donald Schaefer (gr. III) Handicaps. He was second to Medaglia d'Oro in the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in February and was twice graded stakes-placed last year.
Finley bought Seattle Fitz as an unraced 3-year-old for 500,000 dirhams ($136,120) at the Emirates Racing Association's Pearls of Dubai International Sale in 2002 and put him in training in Dubai with Kiaran McLaughlin. He raced in Dubai before arriving in the U.S. in the spring of 2003.
Bred in Argentina by Firmamento, 5-year-old Seattle Fitz (Fitzcarraldo--Hug a Slew, by Seattle Slew) won six of 21 starts. Breeding plans have not been decided.