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Customize wins '04 debut

April 27, 2004

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Bart Cavanagh Sr.'s Customize romped to an easy 2:01 victory in his first start of his sophomore campaign, the $10,000 Iggy Magoo Stakes at Maywood Park on Monday night.

Trained by Dirk Simpson and piloted by Dave Magee, the 3-year-old son of Wilson Wyoming easily bested seven rivals. As a freshman he earned $139,200 and took a record of 1:58.2 at DuQuoin while winning seven of 16 starts, with nine seconds to his credit as well.

"This is the first time I've been on hand to see him win and it is very exciting," said Cavanagh, who was in the winner's circle. "This is kind of a unique situation for me, because I was also a one-third owner on his sire, Wilson Wyoming, so it's almost like having a homebred for me."

Cavanagh, who hails from Media, Pa., is a 62-year-old funeral director.

Customize left in the second tier with post 10 as Magee allowed the others to settle in, before pulling the trotter at the half.

"My first priority was to get away from the gate cleanly," Magee noted. "Once I pulled the colt he just took off on his own, and I never pulled the ear plugs. He has an extremely fluid motion to his gait, and has matured into a nice 3 year old. He's a classy colt, but he can get really fired up if you let him, so I do my best to keep him nice and quiet in the post parade."

Once Magee and Customize made the top at the 1:02 half, the colt began to draw away from the others, hitting the three quarter mark in 1:32 and trotting a last panel in :29, finishing 7 1/4 lengths ahead of second-place finisher Van Mo and driver-trainer-owner George Conley.

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