Defending race champions Fed Biz and Obviously were accorded
favoritism, albeit narrow, in the Pat O’Brien Stakes and Del Mar Mile,
two $250,000, Grade II events on Sunday’s program.
Bob Baffert-trained Fed Biz, winner of the San Diego Handicap earlier
in the meeting, was a one-length winner over Goldencents in 1:21.12, a
Polytrack track record in 2013. Both are back for 2014 with Fed Biz the
2-1 morning line choice over 5-2 Goldencents.
Obviously won by a nose in a course record 1:32.10 in the 2012 mile
and repeated, clocking 1:32.64 in a half-length score, in 2013. Both
wins were under Joe Talamo for trainer Mike Mitchell. Phil D’Amato has
taken over for the retired Mitchell but Talamo is back to ride the 7-5
morning line favorite.
The Del Mar Mile, from the rail out: Obviously (Joe Talamo, 7-5),
Tom’s Tribute (Mike Smith, 2-1), Tigah (Alonso Quinonez, 20-1)),
Handsome Mike (Mario Gutierrez, 15-1), Alpha Bullet (Elvis Trujillo,
20-1), Rock Me Baby (Corey Nakatani, 6-1), Lil Bit O’ Fun (Aaron Gryder,
6-1) and He Be Fire N Ice (Kent Desormeaux, 10-1).
The Pat O’Brien, from the rail out: Diamond Bachelor (Julien Couton,
12-1), Fed Biz (Martin Garcia, 2-1), Silentio (Victor Espinoza, 8-1),
Syndicated (Kent Desormeaux, 15-1), Goldencents (Rafael Bejarano, 5-2),
Color Of Courage (Joe Talamo, 15-1), Big Macher (Tyler Baze, 3-1) and
Indexical (Mario Gutierrez, 10-1).
Source: Del Mar