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Updated on 11/17/2012 7:47PM
Delta Downs: Goldencents ends season on high note with Jackpot win
VINTON, La. - Goldencents hinted he had the makings of a top-class of colt last month when he played runner-up to eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby in the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont Park.
Goldencents now has a major stakes win of his own after setting a fast pace and prevailing in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot at Delta Downs. He won by a length and three-quarters over favorite Bern Identity. It was another length and a quarter back to Mylute in third.
“He’s such a nice colt,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains Goldencents. “He has so much natural speed and he handled himself like a seasoned pro.”
Goldencents ($7.20) broke well in the Grade 3 Jackpot, and proceeded to run the opening quarter of the mile and a sixteenth race for 2-year-olds in 22.69 seconds, pushed along by Heaven’s Runway. Goldencents shook free down the backside, and continued to lead through quick fractions of 46.22 for the half-mile and 1:11.18 for six furlongs. Goldencents went on to cover the distance on a track rated fast in 1:44.89.
“The more I asked, the more he gave,” said Kevin Krigger, regular rider on Goldencents.
“I came in confident like I did in New York, when we finished second in the Champagne. This is the best 2-year-old I have ever sat on. To come into this type of race with this type of horse I have been waiting my entire career for a horse like this. This horse is very professional. He’s never rank and never does anything wrong.”
Goldencents won his debut at Del Mar, then shipped to Belmont Park for last month’s Champagne. He set the pace in that race and finished second, five lengths behind Shanghai Bobby, who in his next start won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Goldencents was not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup but would have gone in the Juvenile if he was, said O’Neill.
O’Neill said next-race plans are to be determined for Goldencents.
“I don’t know the exact path, but we will probably look somewhere at Santa Anita after the first of the year,” he said. “Maybe the Bob Lewis Stakes.”
I’ll Have Another won this year’s Lewis in his first start of the season for O’Neill and went on to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Goldencents earned $600,000 for his Jackpot win and earned10 points on the new Kentucky Derby qualifying system that governs preference into the race if it is oversubscribed. Goldencents had previously earned 4 points in the Champagne. He races for the partnership of W.C. Racing, Dave Kenney, and Rap Racing.
Goldencents is a son of the young stallion Into Mischief, a winner of the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity.
The remaining order of finish in the Jackpot was Hightail in fourth, followed by Central Banker, Itsmyluckyday, Heaven’s Runway, Know More, and Show Some Magic.
* Delta handled $4,359,362 on its 11-race card from all sources on Saturday, a dip of 1.5 percent from last year's Jackpot card when Delta set a track record handle of $4,434,099.
* The $100,000-guaranteed pick four that ran on races 4-7 returned $843.60 on a $2 bet. The winning numbers were 3-2-1-9. The pool was $259,279.
Bern Identity is one to watch. It wasn't Lopez's fault he got shuffled back. The 1 hole is no good, especially for a stalker. They will all get a bad trip.
Way to go Kevin! Keep it up.
Just hope the O'neill stank doesn't overly influence Krigger. Do what's right Krigg, not what is right for your pocketbook and the weasel Dougie O.!
Just follow the shanghai road. Even with the 22 quarter he was by far the best bet. Thought he would be 7/5 instead 5/2. Short stretch and never had to deal with the 2YO champion down his throat for 6 1/2 furlongs. colt next week at Churchill Downs should even be a better bet than this one.
Congratulations to Goldencents, Team O'Neill, and Goldencents' connection on a fabulous win in the Jackpot, and to Kevin Krigger on a fabulous win. It's wonderful to see him having this success on Goldencents. Loved Kevin's interview after the race, too. He is a refreshing presence. I applaud Doug O'Neill extending the opportunitythis year to Kevin Krigger to pilot Goldencents. Kevin's done a fine job on Goldencents, you can see the bond of trust and like forming between Kevin and Goldencents. Congratulations, again, to Goldencents and his connections on a very fine victory.
Bern was taken out of his game with Lopez up--should have been closer to pace-Didn,t Kelly Breen give the rider instructions? Afterall Lopez is no Joe Bravo.
Bern baby bern - had he been ridden right would have left goldencents in the dust and agree with russell and balock - good grief
Bern Identity had a bad trip and was probably best but the winner was game on the lead and didn't quit.
Lopez should have stayed on the rail a little longer. It looked like a hole opened up as they were rounding the turn. Might have won him the race if he had stayed inside. Lukas's horse, Hightail, ran a decent race on only two weeks rest from winning the Breeders Cup race. He was up close to the pace the whole race and held on for fourth after the annoncer Don Stevens said he was tired. I'm sure he'll get a nice break now.
I'm so happy for Krigger! Lots of respect to the connections for staying with Kevin. Reddam replacing Gomez with Mario made no difference what so ever, LOL. Glad Garrett didn't waste his time making the trip to Delta Downs. Know more is quickly going in the opposite direction.
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