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The Factor Headlines San Vicente

Speedy colt The Factor, who ran six furlongs in 1:06-4/5 on opening day, tops a field of nine in Sunday's seven furlong San Vicente Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

The Bob Baffert trainee, a $250,000 purchase out of War Front, began his career with a 4th place finish at Hollywood in November. He worked once in January after his Dec 26 maiden breaker but the Santa Anita surface was bothering his feet so he got a few weeks off before going to Hollywood Park to resume training. He completed his San Vicente preparations with a bullet seven furlong move in 1:24-2/5. Martin Garcia rides.

San Pedro winner Indian Winter is an interesting contender. He beat Jaycito in his winning bow and dead-heated for the show in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) second time out. The San Pedro was his first start in more than four months and the son of hot sire Indian Charlie gets pace to chase.

Indian Winter and The Factor are part of the first Kentucky Derby Future Wager but the San Vicente (4:07PM PT) will run after the pool closes. 

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Sway Away easily earned his diploma first time out at Pleasanton last summer and has not been seen since finishing a 1/2 length behind multiple stakes winner J P's Gusto in the Best Pal (G2) at Del Mar. He shows five bullets in his eight works for this.

Premier Pegasus captured all three of his synthetic sprint starts last year including the Hollywood Prevue (G3) at this distance in November. He only shows three published works for this and might need the outing.

City Cool has been a pace factor in all six career starts and held the place in the San Pedro. Joe Talamo sticks with the Steve Asmussen runner.

Sinai, owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Bob Baffert, began his career with a win at Hollywood Park. He exits a solid 3rd in the San Pedro and Rafael Bejarano takes his usual seat aboard the son of Rockport Harbor. He removes the hood and rates a longshot look on the other Baffert angle.

Metropolitan Man adds speed to the mix. He graduated in his 4.5 furlong debut at Keeneland before shipping to Ascot and finishing 9th in a turf sprint. The fleet son of Hook And Ladder set a fast pace and held the place in his downhill return and tries dirt for Vladimir Cerin.

Oakcrest Drive finished 5th behind subsequent El Camino Real Derby (G3) hero Silver Medallion when last seen in the Eddie Logan on turf. Victor Espinoza hops aboard for veteran conditioner James Cassidy.

Surrey Star, also trained by Cassidy, rounds out the field. He came to the US from Great Britain and promptly landed the show in the grassy G3 Generous at Hollywood. The Irish-bred has plenty of experience at seven panels but does not own a strong dirt pedigree.      




 

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