08/26/2013 2:18PM

Del Mar: Fed Biz has Breeders' Cup options

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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.