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The Factor could show up in San Carlos

December 26, 2011. The Factor and Martin Garcia win the Malibu Stakes on opening day at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.

Bob Baffert said Friday morning he is “seriously looking at” running The Factor in the $200,000 San Carlos Stakes a week from Saturday, Feb. 25. If so, the speedy winner of the Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 could face Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Amazombie in the Grade II race at seven furlongs, which will mark the long-overdue 2012 debut of the California-bred Amazombie.

 

The Factor has been working up a storm on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track. In his most recent drill, he went seven furlongs Wednesday in a bullet 1.26.20. San Carlos nominee Sway Away also worked six furlongs at Hollywood Monday, going six furlongs in 1:26.40 for Jeff Bonde.

 

Amazombie, meanwhile, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Friday under the cover of darkness as is his wont in 1:12.60 with jockey Alex Bisono up.

 

“He galloped out in 1:25 and three (fifths) and pulled up a mile in 1:39,” trainer Bill Spawr said.

 

“When he got back here (pointing to the gap at the clocker’s stand), he wasn’t even blowing. He’s amazing.”

 

Added Bisono: “He felt strong. He works better every time.”

 

Baffert said he also was considering the Tom Fool at Aqueduct on March 3 for The Factor. It’s a Grade III race at six furlongs with a purse of $200,000.

 

San Carlos nominee Mensa Heat is scheduled to work six furlongs Sunday under Joe Talamo for the race, trainer Ted H. West said.

 

 

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Is a track record asking for too much inthis awesome field? This is one of the best San Carlos Stakes in years. I love Sway Away and Rothko in this race but perhaps Rothko might have the edge on Sway Away because of the layoff. Can't count out The Factor and Amazombie when their in Beast Mode.
cant wait to see the FACTOR and AMAZOMBIE race 3-3 Luv'em!!!
7f for Sway Away and please let me know when he's being loaded into the starting gate, because yes, I tried to rename my first born child after him and have pre-ordered my Breyers model of him, but enough suspense already.

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