08/31/2012 10:05PM

Del Mar: Fed Biz gives Baffert 100th stakes win at track in El Cajon


DEL MAR, Calif. -- Hall of Famer Bob Baffert became the first trainer to win 100 career stakes at Del Mar when Fed Biz prevailed by a neck in a thrilling running of Friday’s $100,000 El Cajon Stakes.

Baffert, 59, began the meeting with 93 stakes wins. Fellow Hall of Famer Ron McAnally is second on the list with 75 stakes wins.

“Del Mar has been a special place,” Baffert said in the winner’s circle. “I claimed my first horse here. It started at Del Mar for me.”

Fed Biz ($4.60) led or disputed throughout the one-mile El Cajon Stakes, edging Jimmy Creed after a stretch-long duel. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Fed Biz led by a head with quarter-mile remaining, but trailed by that margin with a furlong to go.

Racing on the inside, Fed Biz slowly caught Jimmy Creed to take the lead in the final 30 yards. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Fed Biz, a colt by Giant’s Causeway, ran a mile in 1:35.58.

“He was pressed virtually the whole way,” Talamo said. “They didn’t get a breather.”

Jimmy Creed finished 1 1/4 lengths in front of Unusual Heatwave in the field of five.

Fed Biz, purchased for $950,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, has won 3 of 4 starts and $131,100. The El Cajon Stakes was his first start since a win in an optional claimer at Santa Anita in February. At the time, he was considered a candidate for the Triple Crown, but did not start again during that season.

Baffert said no major injuries were detected but that Fed Biz suffered from muscle problems in late winter.

John Dutchy More than 1 year ago
These elite trainers get horses ready off these huge layoffs. They must have an incredible feel for when their horses are ready. Remarkable
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Congratulations Bob !
Coniah Boda More than 1 year ago
If Fed Biz does the unthinkable and stays healthy for a year or two, he'll be one of the best horses we've seen in a while. He's extremely gifted and is very professional. It'll be interesting to see what how fast Bob moves him forward. Good freaking horse!
redboy More than 1 year ago
A stakes win time to retire him ring ring Its Coolmore farms callling
Rodrigo Dominguez More than 1 year ago
Couldnt agree more... I hate the idea but now a days thats really what it seems like.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Already praying.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
been toutinting this comebacker for months, and things arent right on schedule. maybe a little short, today but showed the gameness a champion has to have, and no, im not saying hes a champion yet, but he will be next year. he will win the malibu, big cap, and then roll through the competion the rest of next year. this horse has the potential to be the best horse since sunday silence. and he looks a little like him too.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Easy go easy come.Don't cry for Bob he lost a few then he bring's back a few more.He is far away from the bread line.He work's hard and get's real good one's.As long as Pegram keep's spending his money Bob, jill and little BODIE will eat good.Just let him stay well.
RunningDog More than 1 year ago
Pegram does not spend the big money in that barn.