05/15/2004 12:00AM

Seattle Fitz pulls away

Seattle Fitz, ridden by Richard Migliore, draws off to a 1 1/2-length victory over The Lady's Groom in the Grade 3, $100,000 Schaefer Handicap.

BALTIMORE - Seattle Fitz bounced back from one of the worst efforts of his career with a terrific performance Saturday, running off from The Lady's Groom to post a 1 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico.

Ridden by Richard Migliore, Seattle Fitz took over from The Lady's Groom turning for home in the Grade 3 Schaefer. With Migliore keeping him to a drive, Seattle Fitz edged away to finish 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.43 over a fast track.

"I just tried to give him as smooth a trip as possible," said Migliore, who one race earlier had won the Woodlawn aboard Artie Schiller.

In his last start, Seattle Fitz had finished sixth and last as the odds-on favorite in the April 3 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Owned by West Point Stable and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Seattle Fitz returned $5 as favorite in a field of eight older horses. The victory was his fifth from 19 starts and lifted his career earnings to $440,621.

The Lady's Groom, the 2-1 second choice, finished another 5 1/4 lengths in front of Roaring Fever, the 7-2 third choice.