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The Factor to Sunland Derby?

Bob Baffert still has reservations about the 1 1/4-mile trip of the Kentucky Derby (G1), but he is willing to give THE FACTOR (War Factor) a chance at longer distances following Sunday's victory in the seven-furlong San Vicente S. (G2). The two-time Derby-winning conditioner told The Blood-Horse Tuesday that he will likely point the talented gray colt to the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on March 27.


"We're not really thinking Kentucky Derby right now, but it's a long ways off," Baffert said. "I talked to (owner) George Bolton, and as fast and exciting as he is, we have to at least try him at two turns. We'd be kicking ourselves if we didn't."


Baffert also said the $300,000 Rebel S. (G2), which will be held at 1 1/16 miles on March 19 at Oaklawn Park, is a possibility for The Factor's two-turn debut.

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What the Nation is saying about The Factor to Sunland Derby? ...

Yeah, but I think the point is, he could be pretty tough to beat on that track. And if you were unsure of a speedster going that far, that's the race you would choose.
So much for Baffert taking it slow with this guy. This is what he told DRF after the San Vicente - “You won’t see him going a mile and an eighth soon,” Baffert, a three-time Derby winner, said after The Factor scored a front-running victory in the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday. “I want to bring him up in increments. He’ll tell us.”

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