Fed Biz and Guilt Trip, the one-three finishers in a three-horse photo in the San Fernando Stakes (gr. II) earlier this month, worked six furlongs in company on a wet/fast main track at Santa Anitsa Park on the morning of Jan. 27 for their upcoming battle in Strub Stakes (gr. II).
Both colts are from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert,
The $200,000 Strub, at 1 1/8 miles Feb. 2, concludes Santa Anita's series restricted to 4-year-olds.
Fed Biz, winner by a head in the Jan. 12 San Fernando, was clocked in 1:12 2/5 under jockey Martin Garcia. Guilt Trip, beaten a half-length in the San Fernando, went in 1:12 flat with jockey Erick Lopez aboard.
"They went nice," Baffert said as a light drizzle fell yet over the Santa Anita main track once again, limiting the official work tab to 29 horses, including four on the training track. "The track was floated, and I like it when it's floated, because it's even."
Fed Biz, a son of Giant's Causeway owned by Kaleem Shah, earned his first graded stakes win in the San Fernando. The bay colt has won four of eight lifetime starts while earning $274,456. He is 3-for-5 over the main track at Santa Anita.
Gary and Mary West's Guilt Trip, a son of Pulpit who ran fifth in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) in the opening leg of the Strub series, will be seeking his first stakes victory Saturday. He has won two of six starts while banking $117,567.
"Guilt Trip was on the rail and might have stolen the show," said private clocker Toby Turrell of Winners Card, "but they both went really strong."