Santa Ynez: Sold It Should Be ‘Best’ At Two Turns, Says O’Neill

by | 12.31.2018 | 5:49pm
Sold It (The Factor)

Sold It, a gray daughter of multiple Grade I winner The Factor, is ticketed for this Sunday's Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita, carded for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

Sold It broke her maiden in a turf sprint at Del Mar on Nov. 15, then weakened to fifth after prompting the pace going 1 1/16 miles in the Grade I Starlet won by Chasing Yesterday at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8.

“I thought she ran really well in the Starlet,” said Doug O'Neill, who trains the Kentucky-bred for Ciaran Dunne and Reddam Racing LLC.

“She's doing great and we're backing her up to seven eighths because that's what's on the calendar, so we'll either lead her over for the Santa Ynez or continue to work her, but I think her best races will be at two turns.”

The Factor was a front-running gray son of War Front who captured the Grade I Malibu and the Grade I Pat O'Brien in 2011 when trained by Bob Baffert. Overall, the Kentucky-bred won six of 13 starts and earned $922,180.

Baffert has Mother Mother and Qahira nominated to the Santa Ynez, but is likely to enter only the former, who was third by a neck to stablemate Chasing Yesterday in the Starlet after setting the pace under Florent Geroux.

A daughter of the Baffert trained Pioneerof the Nile, Mother Mother won the restricted Rags to Riches going a flat mile at Churchill Downs on Oct. 28.

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