Gaining Ground Racing's Factor This grabbed the lead at the start of Saturday's G3 Fair Grounds Stakes, and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan had enough left to fend off defending two-time winner Synchrony (2-1 favorite) by a length on the wire. The 5-year-old son of The Factor, trained by Brad Cox and sent to post at 8-1 odds, ran nine furlongs over the firm turf in 1:47.29.
“We were much more confident today as opposed to last time out,” said Cox. “Some of the key scratches really helped us out today and Shaun did a great job with this horse. He was able to let him relax down the backside which was key. You could see him flick his ears up and really settle down and he had plenty left in the tank turning for home. We're really happy and proud of this horse.”
Factor This made all the running while loose on the lead, speeding through the first quarter in :23.57 before getting a breather down the backstretch to mark the half in :48.25. Rounding the far turn, Synchrony got through at the rail before angling out to the middle of the course, and had dead aim on the leader but could not run him down. Factor This still led by a length on the wire, while Synchrony had to settle for second. Botswana checked in third, and Midnight Tea Time was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Maccabee Farm, Factor This is out of the Singspiel mare Capricious Miss. An $11,000 purchase at the OBS April sale, Factor This required seven starts to break his maiden. His first stakes win came in August of 2019, and the Fair Grounds Stakes is his first graded triumph. Overall, the gelding's record stands at 8-3-4 from 27 starts for earnings of over $540,000.
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