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Factor in Another Player

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/22/2011 10:44:55 AM

Not sure what was really discovered this weekend at Oaklawn in the Rebel Stakes except something we already knew, that The Factor is one quick horse.

For a horse that flashed :43 and change speed on the West Coast, he got away with a walk in the park up front in the Rebel as he set splits of :23.33, :46.77, 1:10.98 and a mile split of :1.35.99 before completing the mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.19.

He recorded a 103 Beyer.

The final time holds up with a couple of stars that won this race in recent years. Curlin was clocked in 1:44.70 in 2007 and eventual Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones got the distance in 1:42.07.

Also, The Factor’s performance can be compared to the winner of the Azeri, which was run on the same day at the same distance.

Harve de Grace is a quality distaffer and she beat champion Blind Luck in 1:42.02, which is an eye opener considering she is an older horse was class.

As far as the nuts and bolts of this year’s Rebel, the fact of the matter is that one of the few horses that figured to give The Factor some pressure early, Sway Away, acted up at the gate, was rank, was forced to steady and ended up beating only 3 to the wire.

Key off his debut when he was 2 off a :44 1/5 half mile, and backers could have expected him to push the issue some.

Next issue. Can The Factor get a classic distance? That is the $64,000 question of the moment. His sire War Front tried to go a mile and a sixteenth twice. He succeeded for fun the first time going long, then was getting a perfect 3 hole trip in the other route try but gave up the ghost to finish sixth.

The Factor dam’s Greyciousness, won twice. She cashed sprinting and won on the grass once while banking about 65 grand.

The dam has dropped 4 others besides The Factor. Three won, 2 were pure sprinters and kin S.S. Kris broke his maiden sprinting in the slop, took a $5,000 N2L claiming at a mile and a $5,000 N3L race at Evangeline at a mile and 70 yards.

That runner tried to get a mile and a quarter in a mud race, but only had the lead briefly before running out of the money.

Co-owned by investment banker George Bolton, who came up with the clever name The Factor from a manager of royal estates in Europe and one of his favorite news shows, The O’Reilly Factor.

Right wing Republicans will have a rooting vehicle if The Factor gets to Churchill in May.

Stay tuned on this blur.

Another horse provided some buzz over the weekend and that was the debuting Maclean’s Music, who drilled fast before he started but was visually impressive taking 8 foes wire-to-wire after setting a :43.48 half to draw away by over 7.

Conditioned by Curlin’s trainer Steve Asmussen, Music’s sire Distorted Humor was known as a sprinter but did cash routing once.

Music’s dam was a Grade 3 winner but was sprint only and this is her first to race.

Would not expect this horse to be in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby unless he proves to his connections he is extremely special.

Besides the questionable pedigree, he is bucking one long-time trend in the Derby.

If he shows in the Derby, he would be trying to be only the second horse in history that won the Derby after not race at two.

And the lone runner to accomplish the feat, Apollo, did it in 1882.



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