The Factor

The Factor Setting The Pace Among U.S. Fourth-Crop Sires By Wins, Earnings

By the time the first foals of a sire class are five years old, the industry generally has a decent grasp of who the leaders of the group will be going forward. The class of North American stallions that entered the breeding shed in 2013 was a relatively evenly-matched group when its inaugural offerings saw […]

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Ellis’ Kentucky Downs Preview Card Sees 36 Handle Increase

When he put in the claim slip for Factor This a year ago at Saratoga, trainer Brad Cox did so believing there was stakes-winning potential within the colt that just needed the right scenario to surface. Even after watching the 4-year-old drop his first three starts for his new connections, Cox still saw enough intangibles […]

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‘It Really Does Not Become Old Hat’: Hronis, Sadler Maintain Hot Hand At Del Mar

Cistron’s victory in Saturday’s Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby brought trainer John Sadler and owner Kosta Hronis of Hronis Racing and his family to the Del Mar winner’s circle following a stakes race for the third time in a meeting that is only nine days old. Nobody had to ask directions. The same connections convened […]

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Cistron Leads All The Way In Bing Crosby

Hronis Racing’s Cistron took the lead at the start and never relinquished it in Saturday’s Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes, earning his first top-level triumph by just under a length. The 5-year-old son of The Factor covered six furlongs over Del Mar’s fast main track in 1:09.95 under jockey Victor Espinoza. Trained by John Sadler, […]

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Bandua Scores First U.S. Win In Arlington Handicap On Million Preview Day

Third in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes for trainer Dermot Weld on Arlington Million Day in 2018, Calumet Farm’s Bandua scored his initial U.S. victory on Saturday in the G3 Arlington Handicap, coming from just off the pace under Adam Beschizza to win Arlington Park’s prep race for the Aug. 10 G1 Arlington Million as […]

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Semper Sententiae Benefits From Class Drop In River Memories

Never worse than third in her last eight starts, John O’Connor’s Semper Sententiae found the drop from graded company into Friday afternoon’s $100,000 River Memories Stakes to her liking when she cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory. The 4-year-old daughter of The Factor sat just off the pace for jockey John Velazquez, then took over […]

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Romans-Trained Rare Form Takes Churchill Racing Club Back To Winner’s Circle

The Churchill Downs Racing Club, in partnership with Frank Jones Jr., made their triumphant return to Churchill Downs’ Woodford Reserve Winner’s Circle on Thursday with the Dale Romans-trained Rare Form, who scored a 1 ¼-length victory under Robby Albarado in a $97,000 first-level allowance event. “It’s so thrilling to see so many happy people involved […]

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Supercommittee Dominates Ginger Punch Under Victor Lebron

Although he has ridden infrequently at Gulfstream Park, jockey Victor Lebron did achieve a career milestone at the historic South Florida track while scoring his 1000th victory on Feb. 2, 2011. Lebron made a visit to the Gulfstream winner’s circle Saturday that may well lead to the native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands spending […]

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Hogans Holiday Equals Track Record In Miss Liberty Stakes

Late-running Hogans Holiday took full advantage of blazing early fractions and roared from next-to-last place early in the stretch to score a neck victory in track record-equaling time in the $75,000 Miss Liberty Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park. Sent off at 11-1 in the field of eight fillies and mares by the crowd of […]

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‘Tez’ Honors Late Football Star Cortez Kennedy With Win At Indiana Grand

Another year older and a little stronger was all it took to make Tez a winner at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. To most, the performance by the three-year-old son of The Factor might have been just another maiden breaking win but for the connections of Tez, the win has more meaning. Owned by New […]

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