Graded Double for Giant’s Causeway
Champion sire Giant’s Causeway starred on the weekend with a feature double at Del Mar after Fed Biz (5h Giant’s Causeway x Spunoutacontrol, by Wild Again) took the Grade II San Diego Handicap and Irish Surf (4h Giant’s Causeway x Surfside, by Seattle Slew) saluted in the Grade III Cougar II Handicap. The Bob Baffert trained Fed Biz was in hot form over his pet course and distance, coasting home to win the 1 and 1/16th mile contest by more than five lengths in track record time. A $950,000 Keeneland September Yearling purchase, Fed Biz runs for Kaleem Shah and has won six of 16 starts earning over $660,000 in prizemoney. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Spun Silk from the stakes-winner Spunoutacontrol, who is a half-sister to Grade I winner Minardi, Grade II winner and leading sire Tale of the Cat as well as the dam of champion 2YO and successful sire Johannesburg. Irish Surf put in a career best performance to win the Cougar II Handicap over a mile and a half by more than eight lengths in a dominant display. “When we started the race, I thought I was going to take a hold and sit in behind,” said winning rider Elvis Trujillo. “But he started to run off on me. He just wanted to go. When they're like that, you can't fight them. He went to the front and just kept on going. In the stretch, he was even stronger. He just kept on running." Prepared by Dan Hendricks for Gainesway Thoroughbreds, Irish Surf has won three of 18 starts earning over $213,000 in prizemoney. He is the 141st stakes-winner for Giant’s Causeway and the first stakes-winner for his dam, Champion 3YO Surfside, a four-time Group I winner by Seattle Slew.