Bob Baffert might need a leash instead of reins to slow down The Factor . Two weeks after breaking his maiden in track record time, the speedy 3-year-old zipped through five furlongs on Santa Anita’s dirt track Jan. 9 in :58 flat under former jockey Joe Steiner.
“I didn’t want him to go that fast,” trainer Bob Baffert said of the gray son of War Front, who ran 1:06.98 for six furlongs when he scored by 8 1/4 lengths Dec. 26. “He went a little too fast; he got away from the rider.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do (for his next race). I’m not saying nothing,” Baffert continued, somewhat tongue-in-cheek. “I know nothing.”
The Factor is owned by Fog City Stable and George Bolton.
Sunday’s fastest five furlong drill at Santa Anita was by 4-year-old Camp Victory, who was clocked in :57.40 for trainer Carla Gaines.
Sir Beaufort (gr. II) winner Sidney's Candy, meanwhile, worked five furlongs for next weekend’s San Fernando (gr. II) in an identical :58 flat under Joel Rosario. Other San Fernando probables include Do It All, Make Music for Me, Tweebster, and Victory with Honor.