Fitzhugh LLC’s homebred Broad Rule ran down the speed and captured the $100,000 Fire Plug Stakes for the second year in a row on Saturday, Jan. 4 at Laurel Park.
Just as last year (when sent off at 16-1), Broad Rule was overlooked in the wagering and paid $26.80. The late run was good enough to stave off Service for Ten by three-quarters of a length, as he stopped the clock in 1:11.49.
The 6-year-old son of Dixie Union improved to seven-of-34 lifetime, with earnings of $384,215. He is one of nine stakes horses from 13 foals produced by 2001 Maryland Broodmare of the Year Illeria (by Stop the Music), herself a graded stakes winner of $392,691.
Her other stakes horses include Grade 1 winner and millionaire Include, graded stakes winner Magic Broad, five-time stakes winner and $645,330-earner Encaustic, and stakes winner Magical Broad.
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