01/13/2013 5:41PM

Santa Anita: San Fernando's top trio likely to meet again in Strub

Shigeki Kikkawa
Trainer Bob Baffert says San Fernando winner Fed Biz (above) and stablemate Guilt Trip, who was third, are probable for the Feb. 2 Strub Stakes.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The first three finishers of Saturday’s $151,000 San Fernando Stakes – Fed Biz, Tritap, and Guilt Trip – are likely to have a rematch in the $200,000 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 2.

Fed Biz won the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes for 4-year-olds by a head over 9-1 Tritap. Guilt Trip closed well from sixth in a field of nine to finish third, a half-length behind Tritap.

Bob Baffert trains Fed Biz and Guilt Trip.

“We thought Fed Biz would be the horse to beat if he ran his race,” Baffert said.

Baffert, who turned 60 on Sunday, said both Fed Biz and Guilt Trip would be pointed for the Grade 2 Strub Stakes over 1 1/8 miles “if they’re doing fine.”

The Strub Stakes is restricted to 4-year-olds and is a prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on March 2.

Tritap made his California stakes debut in the San Fernando. Breaking  from the outside post, he was wide throughout and got within a head of Fed Biz in the stretch. Fed Biz inherited the lead after the Baffert-trained Mile High Magic broke slowly.

Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, said Tritap would “definitely” start in the Strub.

“We were happy with the horse came out of the race,” he said. “If everything goes well, we’ll run in the Strub. He’s headed in the right way.”

Fed Biz races for Kaleem Shah. The colt won the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 31, but lost his next three starts, including an eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Nov. 3 and a sixth in the Grade 1 Malibu for 3-year-old sprinters on Dec. 26. In the Malibu, Fed Biz became upset in the gate moments before the start. He was better behaved on Saturday.

roelly19 More than 1 year ago
talamo, worst ride i,v seen yet. guilt trip to win next time out.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Some people have no clue. Mile High Magic had never been around two turns so they tried it, took the hood off and they experiment didn't work. They will likely move him back to sprints.
John More than 1 year ago
Another Baffert horsed eased in the San Fernando ?........whats with that Bob ?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
another stupid comment from someone with no concept of the sport............what's with that john? He was a speed horse that was supposed to be on the lead but missed the break. Then was very rank and refused to settle. The jockey did the right thing for the horse.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
"What's with that Bob?" Good reasons for Mile High Magic being eased, as pointed out below by BIg Jeff. So, John, where are you and all the other Baffert bashers when he declares a horse from a stakes, as he's doing with Fast Bullet, to protect the horse's health?