The Factor was cooked when last seen in the G1 Ancient Title but will try to get back on track in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs.
Bob Baffert's fleet 3-year-old has been through highs and lows this year. He began his campaign with wins in the G2 San Vicente and G2 Rebel before flopping in the G1 Arkansas Derby. He returned to beat older sprinters in the G1 Pat O'Brien at Del Mar before getting caught up in a speed duel and fading to 4th in the aforementioned Ancient Title. The son of War Front looms an inside pace factor at the very least and might relax better at a flat mile.
Trappe Shot is the 3-1 Dirt Mile favorite and he will also attempt to rebound from a below par effort. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee always takes heavy betting action and was the beaten favorite in his last pair.
Triple Crown series veteran Shackleford has dropped four straight since a surprising G1 Preakness tally. He did run better in the G2 Indiana Derby last time but faces older for the first time and is only 1-for-8 in the graded ranks.
Indiana Derby hero Wilburn is the now horse with three straight wins under his belt. The $625,000 son of Bernardini owns fine tactical speed and today's pilot Leparoux got to know him at Hoosier Park last out.
Caleb's Posse is best known for beating Uncle Mo in the G1 King's Bishop at Saratoga in August. He exits a respectable show finish in the Indiana Derby and has captured four stakes wins this year.
Tapizar, Tres Borrachos, Irrefutable, and Jersey Town complete the field for the 2011 Dirt Mile.