08/26/2013 3:18PM

Del Mar: Fed Biz has Breeders' Cup options

Benoit & Associates
Fed Biz sets a Del Mar track record of 1:21.12 for seven furlongs in the Pat O'Brien on Sunday.

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DEL MAR, Calif. - Fed Biz set a track record for seven furlongs on Sunday at Del Mar in the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes, but since there are no Breeders’ Cup races this year at seven furlongs, or on a synthetic surface, two BC options are being considered, according to his trainer, Bob Baffert.

Baffert on Monday said Fed Biz could end up in the BC Dirt Mile, for which Fed Biz earned a fees-paid berth on Sunday through the Breeders’ Cup’s Win and You’re In program, or Baffert might try him down the hillside turf course in the BC Turf Sprint.

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Fed Biz is winless in three grass races, but has run respectable races each time, including a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Eddie Read here earlier in the meet.

The Pat O’Brien win was the second in two starts for Fed Biz on Polytrack. He won the El Cajon here last year.

“It was fun watching Fed Biz put it together,” Baffert said. “We’ve always been so high on him. He was very explosive in the stretch. That was a breakthrough race.”

Fed Biz was ridden by jockey Martin Garcia, who teamed with Baffert two races later to win the Grade 1 Pacific Classic with Game On Dude.

Fed Biz, a colt by Giant’s Causeway, is owned by Kaleem Shah, who bought him as a yearling for $950,000.

“Bob has always thought very highly of the horse,” Shah said Monday. “It was nice to see him come through.”

◗ Wednesday’s second race features the debuts of several highly regarded 2-year-old colts, including Kristo, a John Sadler-trained son of Distorted Humor who cost $500,000 as a yearling, and Roundupthelute, a Baffert-trained son of Midnight Lute who was purchased for $230,000 at Barretts in March.

◗ Liaison, scratched from the Pacific Classic, worked a half-mile in 47.20 seconds on Monday in company with Sky Kingdom for Baffert, who intends to run both in the $90,000 Harry Brubaker Stakes on Saturday.

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◗ Halo Dolly, scheduled to defend her title in the Grade 2, $150,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for female turf horses on Labor Day, Sept. 2, worked a half-mile on Polytrack on Monday in 47.80 seconds for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

◗ Four of the five horses claimed for $20,000 in the 10th race on Sunday had their claims voided because the track veterinarian judged them to be unsound after the race. Bobby Handy, Forever Freedom, Smokin’ Cat, and Diamond of Blue, the 6 1/2-length winner of the race, all will be returned to the trainers who started them Sunday. The only claim that went through was that of Bank the Eight, who goes from Bob Baffert to A.C. Avila.

Walter More than 1 year ago
Diamond of Blue ran huge. Horse couldn't win on the lead at 6f, but wired the field at a mile by 6.5 lengths. Then is deemed unsound? I guess I don't know what unsound means. Something very odd going on at Dmr all summer long...
carol More than 1 year ago
I have always thought that if the vet wants to void the claim....the prospective new owner should have the final say....if knowing their could be an issue ..he still wants the horse ...so be it....
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
Diamond of Blue, the 6 1/2-length winner of the race didn't look unsound to me. I wonder what the vets are looking at.
John Smith More than 1 year ago
see ya in the breeders cup dirt mile fed biz
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
This voided claim thing is half a dozen of one and six of the other double edged swords. If I have an unsound horse that I know won't pass the vet exam, I can take a 40k horse and drop him into a 10k race. He might get around the track better than the others, pick up a check, and he limps back to my barn. The other edge is, if I know what the horses problem is, and if it's a matter only of giving him time and I'm willing to send him to the farm for four months and bring him back as a 50k horse, how can you tell me I'm not allowed to claim him. And on the dark edge of that sword, if I know the vet, he doesn't pass him in any claiming race.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!!!!!!! What does that say about soundness protection for perspective buyers, it also makes trainers do more lay-ups instead of dropping in the claim game. Owning race horses is such a gamble anyway, but to get stuck with a cripple can really sour a new owner. I have always believed in some form of claim insurance program, like adding 25% to the claim price (maybe half by buyer and half by seller) and that 25% goes into the protection plan and for retired race horse funding. Make the 25% tax deductable. This could go along with the breeding lottery plan I have that would save horse racing.