08/25/2013 6:58PM

Del Mar: Fed Biz sets track record in Pat O'Brien Stakes

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Fed Biz, with Martin Garcia aboard, wins the Pat O'Brien Stakes on Sunday in a track-record time of 1:21.12 for seven furlongs.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Late-August stakes at Del Mar are ideal for Fed Biz.

In 2012, Fed Biz won the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes for 3-year-olds over a mile Aug. 31. On Sunday, he won a more valuable prize, the $251,750 Pat O’Brien Stakes over seven furlongs.

Fed Biz set a track record of 1:21.12, slightly faster than the 1:21.17 mark set by Lewis Michael in the same race in 2008. The victory gave Fed Biz a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita in November. Last November, Fed Biz finished eighth of nine in the BC Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.

The way he ran in the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien, Fed Biz should have a much better chance in this year’s BC Dirt Mile. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Fed Biz ($17.60) closed from ninth in a field of 12 to win by a length over 4-5 favorite Goldencents.

Gonna Fly Now finished third, followed by Wine Police, Majestic City, Drill, Royal F J, Great Hot, Mobilized, Handsome Mike, No Silent, and Batti Man.
Fed Biz was the fifth consecutive Pat O’Brien winner for trainer Bob Baffert, joining Zensational (2009), El Brujo (2010), The Factor (2011), and Capital Account (2012).

Sunday’s win by Fed Biz was the second stakes win of the year for the 4-year-old colt by Giant’s Causeway, who races for Kaleem Shah. Fed Biz won the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita in January but lost his next five starts, a span that included a fourth in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on turf here July 20.

“He finally came through,” Shah said in the winner’s circle. “He loves this track.”

Garcia had Fed Biz six to eight lengths behind pacesetters No Silent and Goldencents through an early pace of 22.41 and 44.33 seconds for the first half-mile. Garcia moved Fed Biz wide on the turn and was within four lengths off the lead with a furlong remaining. Fed Biz caught Goldencents in the final sixteenth.

“I let him do his own thing,” Garcia said. “When it was time to go, I moved him outside.”

Fed Biz has won 5 of 14 starts and earned $540,496. The Pat O’Brien was Fed Biz’s third stakes win and his first in a sprint.

Rob A. More than 1 year ago
well good for FED BIZ congrats! & this is nothing against the horse.. but i HATE how SoCal tunes the track up on these big days of racing. a track record with a 102 beyer. yea track records are over rated in SoCal :(
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Yeah east coast slowtimes don't mean anything. Give me a break
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Please explain to me how you "tune up" a polytrack surface. I am interested in you expert opinion on this topic.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Despite your snark, it's clear they have done SOMETHING because the times, particularly the last two or three weeks, have been much faster than par from last year in sprints and routes.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
The track has played faster because it has been cooler than normal. Poly and Tapeta get sticky and slow when it is really hot (see Dubai).
Walter More than 1 year ago
If they water it, it packs down and gets faster. They def can "tune it up" if they want. But the weather will def affect it also.
Drew More than 1 year ago
the track has been fast all week.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Goldencents is a little unlucky, good ride by pval but not my choice. Maldonado is young hungry and deserves a chance on horse like this. If want a old experience jockey take the Gary Stevens. Wonder if goldencents is going to run in Sa sprint championship then breeders sprint
Walter More than 1 year ago
PVal gave GC a great ride! Fed Biz had to break a track record to beat Goldencents. These two ran lights out. I wouldn't fault PVal at all today.
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
Could not agree more !!!! I hope he retains the mount...
Ron Perry More than 1 year ago
Gonna Fly Now ran lights out too! Tough trip, especially after PVal does a couple "racing moves" on the inexperienced gelding. Look out for Rocky (Gonna Fly Now) real soon.
Jeffrey Mathews More than 1 year ago
did doug o'neil really bump kevin krigger off goldencents? WHY?
savage_n8iv More than 1 year ago
well he garbage in a stretch duel he'll surely lose 9/10 times.. just my opinion..
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Doug O Neil finally realized when you put an anchor on a good horse, it slows them down....
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Some figure deal P Val & O'neill, take goldscts out & burn him ? Run for Segundo ? Waited like krigger, he wins..........looked like set up for cigar mile,,,pval off now.. probably go with eastern jock,.......or guitterez ?????????????/please
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
I don't like this B.Baffert with two exceptional performances on one days card. Now that's training
ENAMMELD More than 1 year ago
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