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Itstufftobegood crowned Marathon Champion


August 29, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA - (August 27, 2006) - Itstufftobegood pushed his nose ahead at the wire to successfully defend his title in the Seattle’s Best Joe Memorial Marathon Series, prevailing by a nose in the 12-furlong final leg on Sunday.

Trained by Neil Knapp, Itstufftobegood broke from post three with Kevin Krigger in the irons. Krigger settled the gelding in third as the field entered the stretch for the first time before beginning to advance on the leaders.

"I saw Castillonis and Lord Frederick broke pretty sharp," Krigger said. "When I went by the tote board I glanced to see how fast we were going, and when I saw 51 (seconds) at the half-mile pole, I thought I'm going to have to make this a little bit of a race."

Krigger kicked his charge into gear on the backstretch, and by the seven-sixteenths marker Itstufftobegood was on the lead. The gelding opened up a two-length advantage in the stretch when Lord Frederick moved outside and made a dramatic run. Lord Frederick put a neck in front, before yielding to Itstufftobegood in the shadow of the wire.

"I had to turn his head a little to see the horse and then he dug back in," Krigger said. "That's why he's 'Itstufftobegood'."

Itstufftobegood finished the race in 2:31 2/5 and improved his record to 12-4-4 from 24 starts. He also became the first horse in Emerald Downs history to win nine of its first 10 starts at the Auburn oval.

Itstufftobegood paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10 for the victory. Lord Frederick brought in $3 and $2.40 for second while third-place finisher Alcres George rung up $2.20.

With his victory in the final leg, Itstufftobegood wrapped up the Seattles Best Joe Memorial Marathon Series for the second straight year.

The Seattle’s Best Joe Memorial Marathon Series is restricted to 3-year-olds and up that have started for a claiming price of $10,000 or less. The series began on July 14 with a 1 1/8-mile event, continued Aug. 4 at 10 furlongs, and concluded with Sunday's 1 ˝-mile contest.

Throughout the marathon series, horses earned six points for a win, four points for second, two points for third and one point for starting in a series event. Point totals for the final event were doubled in value.

This year Itstufftobegood gained 18 points. He was followed in the series by Lord Frederick (14 points), Alcres George (10), Get Connected (4), Don'twritemeoff (4), Castillonis (2), Adobe Hill (1), Big Bad Bue (1), Big Hero (1), Cleard for Action (1), Dances with Eagles (1), and Forgivable Sin (1).

In the co-feature race on the Sunday card, the Tim McCanna-trained filly Gins Majesty won her first race of the season.

The 4-year-old daughter of Go for Gin won the Kent Handicap last year, but has been unable to score a victory while competing in the distaff series this year.

Gins Majesty broke from post three with Kevin Krigger in the irons and held off Me O Me O My to prevail by nearly two lengths in the $40,000 optional claiming allowance.

The daughter of Go for Gin stopped the clock in 1:35 and paid $12.20, 6.20 and $3.60. Me O Me O My brought in $8 and $4.80 for second while Roanaway Bride returned $2.60 for third.