02/14/2011 1:39PM

The Factor ready for San Vicente after seven-furlong drill


ARCADIA, Calif. – The Factor, the track-record holder for six furlongs at Santa Anita, is tentatively scheduled to start in Sunday’s Grade 2, $150,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita after working seven furlongs at Hollywood Park on Monday.

The Factor was timed in 1:24.40, after splits of 35.60 seconds for three furlongs and six furlongs in 1:11.60, according to Hollywood Park clockers.

“Right now, he looks good,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “The way he looks right now, he’d run unless something changes my mind.”

Jockey Martin Garcia is booked to ride The Factor, who has not started since running six furlongs in 1:06.98 in a maiden special weight race Dec. 26. The Factor was given a Beyer Speed Figure of 102 for that race, but recently Andrew Beyer revised the figure to 108. The adjustment equals the figure given to Uncle Mo for his win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs last November. Those are the highest Beyer Speed Figures achieved by the current crop of 3-year-olds.

The Factor has started twice, finishing fourth in a maiden race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28. Owned by Fog City Stable and George Bolton, The Factor’s training was briefly interrupted by foot problems last month, which led Baffert to transfer the colt to Hollywood Park in late January. The Factor worked six furlongs in 1:12 at Hollywood Park on Feb. 8.

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Baffert described Monday’s workout as “relaxed. I like the way he went.”

The Factor will be part of an expected large field in the San Vicente, which is run over seven furlongs.

His opposition is expected to include Indian Winter and City Cool, the first two finishers of the San Pedro Stakes last month, as well as Metropolitan Man, Premier Pegasus, Oakcrest Drive, Surrey Star, and Sway Away.

Runflatout, sharp winner of a maiden race Jan. 29, will skip the race in favor of a likely start in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 12, trainer John Sadler said.