English Channel - I Can Fan Fan, by Lear Fan | 2009 Gelding - (View Pedigree)


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Owner: Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Breeder: Midwest Thoroughbreds
State Bred: IL
Winnings: 36 Starts: 17 - 3 - 3, $2,158,941

At 3: Won Tex's Zing H., Buck's Boy H.
At 4: Won Robert Carey Memorial H., Illinois Owners S.; 2nd Black Tie Affair H.; 3rd Stars & Stripes S.(G3)
At 5: Won Stars & Stripes S.(G3), American St. Leger S., Black Tie Affair H.; 3rd Hollywood Turf Cup(G2)
At 6: Won Arlington Million(G1), Hollywood Turf Cup(G2), Stars & Stripes S.(G3), Opening Verse S.(8.5fT); 2nd Turf Mile S.(G1)
At 7: Won Northern Dancer Turf S.(G1); 3rd River City H.(G3)
At 8: 2nd Stars & Stripes S.(G3)

Foaled March 25, 2009
Modified On: 12/17/2020

The Pizza Man is the only Illinois-bred to win the Arlington Million (G1). Bred and raced by Richard Papiese’s Midwest Thoroughbreds and trained by Roger Brueggemann, he is a son of turf champion English Channel. At two and three years old he ran in the Midwest and won most of his starts, including the Tex’s Zing Handicap at Arlington and Buck’s Boy Handicap at Hawthorne. At four, his stakes wins included the Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington. His first graded stakes win was in the 2014 Stars and Stripes Stakes (G3) at Arlington with Florent Geroux up, a feat he and “Flo” repeated in 2015. He achieved his Arlington Million XXXIII (G1) win the following month, again with Geroux in the irons. He won the 2015 Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) at Del Mar with Mike Smith riding, and at age seven the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (G1) at Woodbine with jockey Flavien Prat. He retired at age eight in 2017 after he developed an ankle chip. The Pizza Man won a 17 of his 36 career starts, with 3 seconds, 3 thirds and earnings of $2,158,941. Old Friends thanks Midwest Thoroughbreds and the loving support of The Pizza Man’s many fans.

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