Tizbud 3-year-old Italian Boy Goes Wire-to-Wire in Stakes Debut

Italian Boy proved that he could route with a game head decision in his stakes debut, the $50,000 Seattle Slew Handicap at Emerald Downs.

Leading throughout the 1 1/16-mile co-feature, Italian Boy set fractions of :22 1/5, :45, 1:09 and 1:34 4/5 for a final time of 1:41 3/5.

A three-time winner since May 26 in three starts at the meet, Italian Boy is 4-1-1 in six lifetime starts for trainer Tim McCanna and owners Luigi DiPietro and Diane DiPietro.

Bred in Washington by DiPietro Thoroughbreds, Italian Boy is the fourth winner and first stakes winner produced from his dam Cordial Russian, an unraced daughter of Hennessy.