Titletown Five

The Factor Trippi Street
4-2-1-1 $187,310
Facing winners for the first time in his fledgling career, Multiplier was as game as he was fast to beat favored Hedge Fund and win the Illinois Derby (G3) April 22 at Hawthorne Race Course near Chicago.
It marked just the fourth lifetime start for the bay son of multiple Grade 1 winner The Factor, coming 4 ½ weeks after breaking his maiden going a mile and 70 yards on the dirt at Fair Grounds as the favorite in a field of nine.
Multiplier did not race as a 2-year-old but went off as the top choice of 11 horses in his debut Jan. 21 at Fair Grounds, where he got off to a slow start and rallied on the outside after trailing early to get up for third, a nose away from second.
In his second start, Multiplier overcame an early bump from the gate to save ground along the rail in mid-pack before being swung outside for a stretch run that came up a neck shy of the favored winner Souper Tapit.
Multiplier ran the Illinois Derby in a swift 1:47.98 for 1 1/8 miles over a fast main track, the second-fastest time in the race’s 59-year history, coming with a determined run down the stretch to win by a head in his stakes debut. It was nearly five lengths back to third-place finisher It’s Your Nickel.