Trainer Bob Baffert has decided to switch gears and ship San Vicente (gr. II) winner The Factor to Oaklawn Park for the March 19 Rebel Stakes (gr. II).
“We want to see what he can do around two turns against top company and this looks like a good spot for him,” said Baffert, who won last year’s Rebel with Lookin At Lucky . “Right now, this horse is a runaway train, and if it doesn’t work out we’ll go on to something else.”
The Factor (War Front --Greyciousness, by Miswaki) worked a bullet six furlongs March 5 in 1:10 3/5, the fastest of 18 works on the tab.
Another California-based 3-year-old who may show up in the Rebel is Astrology , who had been slated to run in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II). Astrology and The Factor have a common co-owner in George Bolton. The Factor is co-owned by Fog City Stables. Astrology is co-owned by Stonestreet Stables.
Plans for the son of A.P. Indywill be finalized after he works on Tuesday.