The Factor, making his seasonal debut in the $200,000 San Carlos Stakes (gr. II) Feb. 25, started his 2012 campaign the same way he finished up last year, winning at seven furlongs on Santa Anita's main track.
In spite of a small field, a dandy match-up between 2011 national male sprint champion Amazombie and two-time grade I winner The Factor is set for the $200,000 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 25.
Amazombie, the 2011 Eclipse Award-winning male sprinter, topped the Santa Anita work tab Feb. 3 with a handy six-furlong drill in 1:12 flat as he nears his initial start of the year.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES. War Front's blazingly fast son returns to form in the Malibu Stakes and becomes only the second 3-year-old male of 2011 to win two grade I stakes.
Anthony Hegarty and John Wade's success has extended to the sport of Thoroughbred racing where they participate as breeders, consignors, and farm owners. read blog
Probable champion My Miss Aurelia has been given time off for a sore shin and probably won't resume light training until February, co-owner George Bolton said Dec. 29.
Fog City Stable and George Bolton's The Factor zipped to a decisive victory in the Malibu Stakes (gr. I) before a crowd of 44,579 on the Dec. 26 opening day card at Santa Anita.
With The Factor giving way badly after setting a hot pace from the rail in his past two starts, trainer Bob Baffert was feeling better after his grade I winner drew the far outside post for the $300,000 Malibu Stakes (gr. I).
Tom, Ian and Les from Twinspires.com handicap the Malibu Stakes on opening day of the Santa Anita winter/spring meet. watch video
There aren't many grade I races in California that Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert hasn't won, but the Malibu Stakes is one of them. He'll take a mighty whack this year with four entrants, including The Factor.
Jason, Tom, and Steve Pallardy of TwinSpires.com handicap the Clark Handicap from Churchill Downs. watch video
This is not the best group we've ever seen, but it's still the Breeders' Cup read blog
The Factor worked a sizzling seven furlongs in 1:22 1/5 Oct. 25 at Santa Anita, and afterward trainer Bob Baffert said he intends to give him first preference in the BC Dirt Mile (gr. I) when pre-entries are announced.
Jon & Joel unveil Top 5s in the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies, and talk prep results. watch video
Irrefutable, who closed well to finish second behind victorious Amazombie in Santa Anita's Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 8, might have earned himself a shot in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
With odds-on favorite The Factor cashing it in early, Amazombie closed from last on the far outside to take over past mid-stretch, winning the $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 8.
George Bolton and Fog City Stable's The Factor will continue his preparations for the Breeders' Cup World Championships when he takes on five challengers in the Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Tizway, Havre de Grace, Cape Blanco, and The Factor top the rankings. read blog
The guys reveal a Top 5 in the Sprint division, and discuss the current Breeders' Cup picture. Watch Video
The brilliant 3-year-olds both ran huge in their comebacks last weekend read blog
The Factor, knocked off the Triple Crown trail by an ankle injury more than four months ago, outfought crack sprinter Smiling Tiger and drew off in the stretch to win the $250,000 Pat O'Brien Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar.
The Factor will face five older horses in the seven-furlong Pat O'Brien (gr. I) as he makes his first start in more than four months on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Del Mar.
The Travers, King's Bishop, and Pacific Classic could be must-see races. read blog
Two-time graded stakes winner The Factor, sidelined since May with an ankle injury, returned with his first breeze July 26 at Del Mar.
Three-year-olds Awesome Patriot, Coil, Jaycito, Smash, The Factor, and Uncle Sam could all be major players for Bob Baffert during the second half of the 2011 season.
Rebel Stakes winner likely suffered injury in Arkansas Derby; to be given short rest.
The Factor, who underwent a myectomy recently after displacing his palate in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), is no longer under consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is starting to become a little bit clearer; at least, as far as which horses will be in the starting gate on May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Beaten Arkansas derby favorite (gr. I) The Factor got a feel for the Churchill Downs racing surface on April 20 when he jogged a mile on his first day at the Louisville track.
The top five for Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen looks much different this week, Dialed In still sits on top. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
The parade of longshots to win major Kentucky Derby trail prep races continued April 16 when Archarcharch came from off the pace to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) at Oaklawn Park.
If he wins the Arkansas Derby, The Factor will be the one to beat at Churchill. Read Blog
The Factor has been installed as the solid 7-5 favorite in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) as 13 3-year-olds were entered for the $1 million race April 16.
Will The Factor reign again? It is rebound time for Brethren? Will Elite Alex break through? Predict the Order
With less than a month remaining, the very real possibility exists that there will be no standout when Derby 137 goes to post. The only horse that can likely keep that from happening is The Factor.
Lots of movement, as we have a new No. 1 for the first time. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
The Factor, now a favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) next month, "worked great" April 10 at Santa Anita, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
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Bolton bought The Factor for $250,000 at the 2010 Barretts May 2-year-old sale and brought in David Shimmon's Fog City Stable as his partner. Read Blog
The Factor, a flashy, front-running winner of the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) last month, has officially been confirmed for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) April 16 at Oaklawn Park.
There are several changes to Steve's Derby Dozen this week, including a very tight race for the final spot. Read Blog
The third and final pool of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended April 3 with unbeaten champion Uncle Mo favored to win the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Premier Pegasus, Jaycito, and Bench Points had strong works April 3 in preparation for the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 9.
A lively opening day of betting in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager ended with unbeaten champion Uncle Mo as a narrow favorite.
Bob Baffert confirmed March 30 that he is leaning toward the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) for The Factor, but was still non-committal about what race his other Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender, Jaycito, would point toward.
Astrology hangs on while a few other horses are shifted in the mix. Presented by Pauls Mill Read Blog
Steve and Lenny discuss the Rebel Stakes, Life At Ten, the Azeri Stakes, Blink Luck vs Havre de Grace and remember Cathy Roby. Watch Video
Avalyn Hunter delves into the Rebel Stakes winner's pedigree to see if he'll have enough stamina for the upcoming classics.
The Factor, Bandbox, and more horses from weekend racing. View Slideshow
The addition of The Factor and some juggling highlight this week's Dozen. Read Blog
The Factor, who banked $180,000 for his gate-to-wire triumph in the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park March 19, jumped into a tie for fifth position on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List.
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