The Factor Hangs On in San Vicente
February 20, 2011 02:32pm
The San Vicente field was reduced to six following the defections of Metropolitan Man, Indian Winter, and Oakcrest Drive, and heavy favorite The Factor did not disappoint in a 3/4 length tally.

The Factor, trained by Bob Baffert, set sail for the lead under Martin Garcia through fractions of :22.20, :43.41, and 1:07.31 over the wet fast going. City Cool and Premier Pegasus were in hot pursuit but struggled to keep pace. City Cool was the first to crack and Premier Pegasus picked up the chase turning for home.

Sway Away began to gather momentum from the back of the pack and set his sights on The Factor but time was running out. The Factor held on over the speed favoring surface, stopping the timer in 1:20.34 and paying $3.80 to win.  

Sway Away, making his first start since the Best Pal (G2) at Del Mar last August, was clearly second best and hit the front a bit past the wire.

Premier Pegasus finished a solid 3rd in his first start since November and was followed by Surrey Star, Sinai, and City Cool. 



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he wouldn't have run away with it, but could have caught the factor, but the factor is still a tough contender. we will see his next race how he handles the distance.
You would have expected Sway Away to run past The Factor on the gallop out, but didn't happen. The Factor actually rebroke. That's why Baffert expects him to be able to stretch to at least 8.5 furlongs. Could have just folded up like the other pace horse, but kept going. Have to give him credit. If the race was longer, I don't think the fractions woud have been that taxing and that would have changed the whole complexity of the race
  • KyOaksRunner · I noticed the same thing, Sway Away came right up to him galloping out and The Factor pulled himself ahead again. · 3219 days ago
Sway Away would have Ran Away with that race had it been an extrra furlong. A lock to win the Santa Anita Derby if he runs.
From DRF - “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.”
102 BSF for The Factor. 100 for Sway Away. 95 for Premier Pegasus.
Keep your eye on....Garrett Gomez. I have a strong feeling that KD winner is going to come out of Santa Anita Derby, and Sway Away and GoGo may be the team to consider.
Sway Away ran a huge race and looks like a very good colt to keep an eye on, that kick was amazing. The Factor ran an excellent race, even with the speed bias. He dug in at the top of the stretch to kick away after setting those grueling fractions and when Sway Away began to gallop out past him after the finish he came on again to stay in front. Very competitive to say the least, it will be interesting to see how far he can run.
remember in a longer race they might not have gone 43 and change for the half either. You just have to take the race as it was run. You are right icyhotboo- SA was very speed biased. But even by that track's standards, 43 and change with a 21.31 second quarter is blazing. Any horse deserved to crawl home after that.
another 1/16 would have done it or another track as SA was very speed biased and he had to much ground to make up
Sway Away would've won handily in a longer race!
Dosage Index does not sway me, late running sprinter?
If Sway Away shows a similar late charge in his next race, count me in on the bandwagon.
My focus has turned to Sway Away

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