Fed Biz could be the real deal// Classics unlikely for Thunder Moccasin// Rough trip for Stat's comeback

In general, only stakes race results generate a quick turnaround in the thoroughbred news media world.  Facts, videos, charts, and analysis trickle in hours and sometimes days after the race.  However, when a nearly one million dollar 3-year-old trained by Bob Baffert dominates an optional claiming race at Santa Anita three months before the Kentucky Derby, news tends to spread just as quick, if not quicker. Fed Biz, the lone CTD Contender to have only a maiden win on his resume, handled his step-up to allowance company with ease in the 3rd race at Santa Anita.  His winning margin was 5 3/4 lengths, and he covered the mile in 1.34:74.  The Baffert charge, who jockey Rafael Bejarano already claimed as his “Derby horse”, will undoubtedly point to a graded stakes next time out. Consulado was behind him for the place and well clear of 3rd place finisher Blueskiesnrainbows by 6 1/2 lengths//

Todd Pletcher admitted he’s putting Thunder Moccasin in a tough spot for his second race, the 7-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (G2).  However, based on recent training and the fact the 2-3-4 finishers from his maiden score came back to win (2nd place Panthro has won twice), he feels he has a shot.  Pletcher also revealed he feels Thunder Moccasin would not excel at added distance//

In addition to Fed Biz’s race, another important allowance contest took place Thursday.  Race 8 at Gulfstream marked the return of Pletcher-trained Stat, who was 2nd to Union Rags last time out in the Saratoga Special (G2) in August.  After a hop at the break and racing wide most of the way Thursday, the best Stat could finish was 4th, but only a length-and-a-half behind the winner Maan//

Several articles on both the joy and perils of wagering on the Kentucky Derby futures// more…

Fed Biz impresses (Zipse At The Track Blog)
I always believed in futures (Twinspires Blog)

Robert Lewis Recap (TwinSpires)

Hammers Terror- FG- 4F- 50:40- B- 20/29
Majestic Stride- OP- 7F- 1.28:00- B- 1/1
Consortium- PMM- 4F- 50:90- B- 36/43
Souper Speedy- PMM- 4F- 51:49- B- 40/43
Mr. Style- PMM- 4F- 49:88 B- 21/43
Night Tide- SA- 5F- 59:00- H- 2/29

Hutcheson Handicapper Picks
Dick’s Picks (The Downey Profile)

Notes and bits from web and Twitter:
Todd Pletcher on Discreet Dancer: bloodwork returned normal, he's doing better; will work Monday and still on track for Fountain of Youth- J.J. Hysell Trifecta Box via Twitter