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San Diego Quartet In Good Shape

Fed Biz, Footbridge, You Know I Know and Frac Daddy, the top four finishers in Saturday’s Grade II $200,000 San Diego Handicap, came out of the race in good shape and with possibilities of moving on to the TVG Pacific Classic.

“We’re looking to get a Grade I (win) for him,” trainer Bob Baffert said of Fed Biz following the 5 ¼-length victory in track record time of 1:41.00 for 1 1/16 miles. It bettered Zenyatta’s 1:41.48 in the 2008 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, the first of her three straight wins in that event.

Reminded that the Pacific Classic fit the Grade I profile, Baffert said: “I know, but there are lots of Grade Is, all over the country.”

Eoin Harty, who trains Footbridge for Goldolphin Racing, said he was happy with and not surprised by the performance of the 4-year-old son of Street Cry, who went off at odds of 25-1. “He’s been running well out here and I was surprised he was such a long shot,” Harty said. “If everything goes well and he stays together, we’ll come back in the Pacific Classic.”

Trainer John Sadler noted that You Know I Know did well to close strongly on a track that favored speed. Sadler said You Know I Know will run again at the meeting and the Pacific Classic will be a race to consider.

Blake Heap, who deputized for Wesley Ward and saddled Frac Dadd, said that the horse’s connections were “leaning toward” keeping the horse at Del Mar and trying again in the Classic.

TVG PACIFIC CLASSIC WATCH, SECOND EDITION, 4 WEEKS OUT

Prospects were being projected from far and near. Saturday’s San Diego Handicap may generate as many as four. Those who passed on the San Diego but are being trained with the $1 million event in mind continued to make progress. A rundown:

Game On Dude – The defending race champion worked four furlongs in :48.00 on Thursday and received a rare, from California clockers, “breezing” description.

Majestic Harbor – The Gold Cup winner went 5 furlongs in :59.40 on Sunday morning. “Everything went well and he’s still right on schedule (for the race),” trainer Sean McCarthy said.

Clubhouse Ride – Produced a bullet work, seven furlongs in 1:24.80 on Friday which delighted trainer Craig Lewis and likely moved the Pacific Classic to the top of a list of options for the Gold Cup runner-up.

Shared Belief – The undefeated Eclipse Award winner in the Juvenile category for 2013 worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 on Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields.

Candy Boy, Medal Count, Zivo – Are training at Del Mar, Churchill Downs and Belmont Park, respectively as Classic “possibles.”

 

 

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