There was water everywhere at Santa Anita on the morning of March 21 as the heavens unleashed yet another winter storm, but it did not rain on Bob Baffert’s parade.
The Hall of Fame trainer was basking in the glow of a devastating win by The Factor in the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) a day earlier at Oaklawn Park. He said that all options were open for the colt’s next race, though the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) would appear to be the most likely.
The Factor, co-owned by Geroge Bolton and Fog City Stable, thrust himself front and center in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) picture with a wire-to-wire victory in the Rebel, winning the 1 1/16-mile test by 6 1/4 lengths under Martin Garcia.