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THE FACTOR (Martin Garcia) winning at Santa Anita

The Factor: Pat O'Brien Stakes hero is second Grade 1 winner this month for second-crop sire War Front following Summer Soiree

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Second Grade 1
winner for War Front

THE ascent of Claiborne Farm's War Front shows no sign of relenting. Just over a week after the stallion's three-year-old daughter, Summer Soiree, became his first Grade 1 winner with victory in the Del Mar Oaks, the son of Danzig hit the limelight again, this time as the sire of impressive Grade 1 Pat O'Brien Stakes winner The Factor.

The Bob Baffert-trained three-year-old announced himself as a likely starof War Front's first crop at Santa Anita on Boxing Day last year when rolling to a near nine-length victory on his debut. He went on to justify his tall reputation with wins in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes and Grade 3 Rebel Stakes but was forced out oftraining when coming out of an unplaced effort in the Arkansas Derby with a hairline fracture.

The Factor, who was bred by H & W Thoroughbreds in Kentucky, is one of eight stakes winners from the first-crop War Front, and bredwhen the Grade 2-winning sprinter stood  for $12,500. As well as The Factor and Summer Soiree, they include Irish Listed winner Warning Flag and the versatile Soldat, who ran second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf before translating his form to dirt to take the Grade 2 Fountain Of Youth Stakes.

War Front stood the 2011 season at Claiborne Farm in Kentucky for $15,000.

The Factor owns an interesting sales history. Bought by Iroquis Bloodstock III for $50,000 as a foal at the Keeneland November Sale, he was resold for a loss at $40,000 to Kim Valerio at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Yearling Sale. Valerio went on to record a major profit, however, when the colt topped the Barretts May two-year-olds in Training Sale in California at $250,000 to part-owner George Bolton.

The Factor is the best of five winners out of Greyciousness, a dual-winning Miswaki half-sister to the Grade 1-placed juvenile and disappointing sire Chief Seattle.

The Factor's yearling half-sister, an Indiana-bred from the first-crop of Grade 2-winning juvenile Run Away And Hide, is catalogued as lot 1841 at the upcoming Keeneland September Sale.

 

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