Under Eurico Rosa da Silva, Fatal Bullet passed Vigil Stakes champion Disfunction in early stretch to take the 6 ½ furlong Bold Venture in a time of 1:14.54, besting the previous mark of 1:14.82 set by Home for Harlan on May 19.
Sent off at 5-1, Fatal Bullet, the lone three-year-old in the field, came into the Sunday's race off an eighth-place finish to highly regarded J Be K in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont on June 7.
da Silva gave Fatal Bullet every chance to return to the winner's circle by sitting off early fractions of :22.39 and :44.59 set by Disfunction. Turning for home, Fatal Bullet began to take aim on the leader and went on to win by three lengths. Last Gran Standing was third.
It was the first career stakes win for the gelding, who has four wins in five 2008 starts, all on the Toronto oval 'Poly.'
Baker was pleased with the performance of the Florida-bred.
"At Belmont it was 97 degrees (Fahrenheit), it was the dirt and that J Be K horse, he's a superstar," said Baker, of the Woody Stephens. "He was coming into this race in great, great shape. He's a calm, cool horse. Going down the backside, I thought we couldn't lose."
Fatal Bullet, who broke his maiden in his career bow last August, picked up $90,000 for the win. He now has five wins from eight starts.
Connections, last year's (Grade 3) Kennedy Road Stakes winner, was scratched.
Fatal Bullet paid $13.80, $7.30 and $4.70, combined with Disfunction ($4.60, $2.40) for a $71 exactor. Last Gran Standing ($3.70) capped a $284.10 triactor.