05/31/2012 3:40PM

Hollywood Park: Baffert will keep star sprinters Roman Threat, The Factor separated

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Los Angeles Handicap winner Roman Threat will bypass the Triple Bend at Hollywood Park in favor of the Bing Crosby at Del Mar.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer Bob Baffert is separating his top sprinters Roman Threat and The Factor in Grade 1 stakes in coming weeks.

Roman Threat, who won his first stakes in the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on Monday, will not start again until the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 28 and will skip the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap on June 30.

“I’ll probably just wait,” Baffert said.

The reason is the presence of the five-time stakes winner The Factor, who finished sixth in the Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai in March. The Factor will make his comeback in the Grade 1 Triple Bend, which is run over seven furlongs, Baffert said.

Roman Threat races for breeders Hal and Patti Earnhardt. A 4-year-old gelding by Roman Ruler, Roman Threat has won 2 of 3 starts and $123,600. He was second to 2011 champion sprinter Amazombie in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande Stakes at Santa Anita on April 7.

The start of his career was delayed by “little issues,” Baffert said.

“It was nothing serious. It took him a while to come around.”