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Spa City Fever Pays $71 in Alex Robb

Making the most of his final opportunity to win a race in 2011, Spa City Fever held off a pair of late challenges to post a $71.00 upset in the $75,000 Alex M. Robb, a race for New York-breds 3-years-old and up on New Year’s Eve at Aqueduct Racetrack.

 

Spa City Fever, who entered the Robb 0-2-3 in eight starts in 2011, assumed the lead in the opening furlong and maintained a one-length advantage over favored Groomedforvictory through fractions of 25.14, 50.89, and 1:15.39. Groomedforvictory inched closer to Spa City Fever in the stretch and Icabad Crane made a late surge from between horses, but the pacesetter held on to hit the wire a head in front. Icabad Crane finished a neck ahead of Groomedforvictory in second.

 

Off at 34-1, Spa City Fever completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.71.

 

“When the first quarter went in 25 and the second quarter in 50, I was very happy,” said winning jockey Alan Garcia. “My horse was nice and relaxed, and I knew he would have something left at the end. He really fought hard!”

 

The Alex M. Robb marked the first stakes victory for Spa City Fever, a 5-year-old gelding who is 5-2-7 in 22 career starts and has earned $236,568, including the $45,000 winner’s share of the Robb purse.

 

In his two most recent efforts, Spa City Fever was sixth against open company in an optional claimer December 9 and fourth in the Adirondack Holme overnight stakes for New York-breds November 20 at Aqueduct.

 

“He tries hard,” said Pat Kelly, who trains the son of Roaring Fever for owner/breeder Adam Madkour. “He ran a bunch of almost-winning races last year, and we had a minor setback over the summer that cost us a bit of time. He got a little vacation, and we’ve been ready to go for the winter. He likes this track. I told Alan to ‘go for it because you’ve got the inside.’ That’s his best race, anyway.”

 

Prior to the Alex M. Robb, Kelly’s most recent stakes victory came in April when Spa City Princess, a 4-year-old full sister to Spa City Fever, won the Chase the Dream overnight stakes at Aqueduct.

 

Inherit the Gold finished fourth in the Robb, followed home by Stormy’s Majesty, Tap Attack, and Midnight Billy. Uncle T Seven was scratched.

 

 

 

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Slow fractions. No wonder he was able to hold off Icabad Crane.

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