TDN Top Triple Crown Contenders

Prime Factor

3) PRIME FACTOR (c, Quality Road–Haylie Brae, by Bernardini)
O-CHC Inc. & WinStar Farm LLC. B-Two Hearts Farm LLC (Ky). T-Todd Pletcher. Sales history: $900,000 yrl ’19 KEESEP. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $24,000.
Last Start: Mdn win, Gulfstream, Dec. 12
Accomplishments: ‘TDN Rising Star’
Next Start:Uncommitted.
Equineline PPs. Ky Derby Points: 0.

There is no need to search for better-than-it looks nuance in the emphatic, blast-off debut of Prime Factor, a $900,000 KEESEP colt who was the co-second priciest of 63 Quality Road yearlings to sell in 2019. This Pletcher trainee pressed the lone speed and took control at will in a Gulfstream MSW sprint Dec. 12, earning ‘TDN Rising Star’ status by widening under wraps to win by 8 3/4 lengths in a 1:10.38 clocking (85 Beyer) that went .08 seconds faster than the only other six-furlong race on the card, the GIII Sugar Swirl S. for older female sprinters. “We were looking forward to a good debut. Honestly, he exceeded expectations,” Pletcher said post-race. Michael Wallace, the CEO of co-owner China Horse Club, added that the colt was “in the top three of our yearling selections and has impressed all throughout the year. We will discuss the next step for him with our partners, WinStar Farm, but he is undoubtedly an exciting prospect for 2021.”

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