War Front colt The Factor justifies hype
AMERICAN talking horse The Factor lived up to the hype surrounding him with a first black-type win comfortably secured in Sunday's Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita.
The Bob Baffert-trained three-year-old colt led early and maintained his advantage by three quarters of a length from the fast-finishing Afleet Alex colt Sway Away.
Bob Baffert: trains The FactorPICTURE: Getty Images
The Factor is a first-crop son of Claiborne Farm stallion War Front, who has made a good start to his stud career with other progeny including Grade 3 winner and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Soldat and Listed Star Appeal Stakes winner Warning Flag.
Grade 1-placed sprinter War Front, a Danzig half-brother to Graded stakes winners Ecclesiastic and Teammate, stands at Claiborne this year at a fee of $15,000.
The Factor was bred by H&W Thoroughbreds out of the dual-winning Miswaki mare Greyciousness, who has also produced winners by Grand Slam (Gone Grand), Kris S (S. S. Kris)and Seattle Slew (Slewcious).
Greyciousness is out of stakes performer Skatingonthinice and is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Champagne Stakes runner-up Chief Seattle.
The Factor was sold for $50,000 as a foal at Keeneland November and was led out unsold for $45,000 at the Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale.