Exfactor and Calvin Borel cruise home in the Bashford Manor.

Exfactor and Calvin Borel cruise home in the Bashford Manor.

Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs

Exfactor Pulls Away in Bashford Manor

Juvenile son of Exchange Rate scores stakes win July 2 at Churchill Downs.

Last after the opening quarter-mile, Exfactor circled the field on the turn, took over at the top of the stretch, and ran away to a 2 3/4-length victory in the $111,500 Bashford Manor (gr. III) (VIDEO), the first graded race for 2-year-olds males this season July 2 at Churchill Downs.

Exfactor is owned by Stoneway Farm and trained by Bernie Flint. The son of Exchange Rate was bred in Kentucky by Bo Hirsch. He entered the six-furlong race off a decisive 4 1/2-length maiden special weight win June 9 at Churchill.
With Calvin Borel aboard, Exfactor was unhurried through the opening quarter, which went to Friscan in a sizzling :21.59. Friscan, with Shaun Bridgmohan in the irons, continued to show the way through a half-mile in :45.61, while odds-on favorite Sum of the Parts pressed him in second.
Racing five-wide on the turn, Exfactor steadily gained on the pacesetters until taking over approaching the eighth-pole. He easily drew clear for the win, with Power World rallying late under Corey Lanerie to get second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Friscan. Sum of the Pats settled for fourth in a field of seven juveniles.
The final time on the fast dirt was 1:10.30.
Exfactor improved to 2-1-0 from three starts and earnings of $109,348. Out of the Prized mare Bright Magic, he was a $27,000 purchase from the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2010 October yearling sale. The gray/roan colt was consigned by Hopewell Farm, agent.
“(His potential is) unlimited, because if I can keep him coming from behind like that we’ve got the Breeders’ Cup right here," Flint said. "He’s a special horse, he’s been a special horse, but I didn’t have him ready to run the first time. You can’t squeeze the lemon; you’ve got to be careful with what you do.
 
“ I’m just tickled to death at my age to have a horse like this. It doesn’t happen to a 71-year-old man, OK?  But Mr. (James) Stone had enough faith in me to say ‘Let’s go out and let’s go get ‘em.’ 
The winner paid $12.60, $5.20, and $3.60. The exacta (4-3) returned $57 and the trifecta (4-3-11) was worth $379.40.
Chalybeate Springs finished fifth, followed by Bonaparte and Hot Speed.