11/15/2015 9:14AM

The Pickett Factor romps in Gold Cup

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The 3-year-old The Pickett Factor, with Luis Quinonez aboard, defeats older horses in the Gold Cup.

The Pickett Factor was an authoritative winner over older rivals Saturday night at Delta Downs, where he stormed home by 5 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Gold Cup. Galveston Harbor finished second, while it was another two lengths back to One King’s Man.

The Gold Cup, a mile race for 3-year-olds and up bred in Louisiana, is expected to produce starters for next month’s Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds.

The Pickett Factor ($5.60) dueled for much of the Gold Cup, setting fractions of 23.09 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.31 for the half-mile, and 1:12.44 for six furlongs. The Pickett Factor pulled away from his rivals in the stretch, while covering the distance over a fast track in 1:38.58.

Luis Quinonez rode The Pickett Factor for Melissa Cantacuzene and trainer Ralph Irwin.

The Pickett Factor was making his first start since finishing fourth in the Grade 2, $400,000 Super Derby on Sept. 12 at Louisiana Downs. He has now won 5 of 7 starts and $208,640. The Pickett Factor is a son of Gold Tribute and was bred by E. O. Pickett.