It’s as if that is exactly what The Factor, jockey Martin Garcia, and Trainer Bob Baffert offered to anyone that dare. Three horses, Indian Winter, Metropolitan Man, and Oakcrest Drive scratched before post time and the rest of field was left chasing. Sway Away made a valiant and impressive effort improving from last to 2nd but it just wasn’t fast enough.
Coming off a six furlong track record performance on Dec 26th the overwhelming favorite returned to form on Sunday taking home the San Vicente (replay) in his stakes debut. With the track condition listed as Wet-Fast, he didn’t even blink blistering through the 7 furlong feat in 1:20.34. Bob Baffert knows his way around Santa Anita and it didn’t take long for him to identify what was trending on Sunday. Front runners were holding ground all day so after breaking 2nd behind City Cool, Martin Garcia quickly moved him to the lead and never looked back. As if an opening quarter of 22.20 wasn’t fast enough he turned the next quarter in 21.21 and clipped through the 6 furlong mark at 1:07.31. Blistering fast folks, just raw speed.
Congratulations are in order for Bob Baffert as this win makes it his record sixth San Vicente Stakes victory. So Bob, congrats on a dazzling performance but I got to ask you: What’s next for The Factor……can he race at this level at a distance of a 1 1/4 Mile? After these last two wins we’re about ready to declare him the fastest sprinting 3 yr old in the land so it will be interesting to see just how far he can go. It’s likely this talented colt will begin training for two turns and will compete in race of over a mile his next time out. However, it’s too early for Baffert or Owner George Bolton and Fog City Stables to talk about the next steps. So for the time being, The Factor remains a high-ranking derby contender on our list and we will await anxiously for his next race.
I stuck to my wagering notes in The Morning Line: San Vicente and came away satisfied. Even Steven, as my across the board wager on Sway Away and no exotics left me cashing just under my wager total. With The Factor’s odds as short as they were, I opted for higher amounts on place and show in case it would be too tough to take down the favorite. Great ride Garrett, I’ll keep my eye on Sway Away as I see derby contender potential.
- 7 – The Factor $3.80 $2.80 $240
- 3 – Sway Away $3.60, $2.80
- 8 – Premeir Pegasus $3.60
Congratulations to The Factor for a beautiful display of powerful thoroughbred racing, I’m excited to see you compete on the trail to the derby. We hope that all horses returned to their respective barns in good health and that we will also see you down the road.
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