Fed Biz, considered a top Triple Crown prospect early this year, returned from the sidelines with an impressive score in the El Cajon Stakes under Joe Talamo. Fed Biz rallied after being passed in deep stretch by Jimmy Creed. The son of Giant’s Causeway hit the wire a neck in front of Jimmy Creed and jockey Garrett Gomez after falling back by as much as a head with less than a furlong remaining of the one-mile contest over Del Mar’s main track.
“Special instruction? Yeah, Bob told me not to win by too far,” said Talamo. “So I rode to orders. Naw, just kiddin.’ Bob said this horse had a good foundation under him (for his first start in more than six and a half months) and to ride him with confidence. That was some race. Those horses were about head-and-head all the way. At the quarter pole, I told Gomez: ‘This is gonna be a horse race.’ These kind are really fun. I’m just glad I came out on the top end. He’s a nice horse, that’s for sure.”
Baffert is the all-time leader in number of stakes victories at Del Mar, ahead of five fellow Hall of Famers, Ron McAnally (75), who is still active; the late Charlie Whittingham (74), the late Bobby Frankel (70), and Richard Mandella (49) and D. Wayne Lukas (48), both still active. Baffert began the current meeting with 93 stakes triumphs. In addition, Fed Biz gave the trainer his 18th win this summer, moving him into a three-way tie atop the standings with Doug O’Neill and Peter Miller with four days remaining of the 37-day session.
–Del Mar Publicity contributed to this report.
Fed Biz/Benoit photo