08/25/2013 7:58PM

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.