Updated on 11/17/2012 7:47PM

Delta Downs: Goldencents ends season on high note with Jackpot win

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Goldencents set fast fractions under jockey Kevin Krigger but had enough left to hold off favored Bern Identity.

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.

Haydn Morsa More than 1 year ago
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.
Pale Rider More than 1 year ago
Way to go Kevin! Keep it up.
Booby More than 1 year ago
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.!
Tim More than 1 year ago
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.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
So you're talking about Micromanage in the Kentucky Jockey Club next Sunday. Pletcher and Repole http://www.churchilldowns.com/sites/churchilldowns.com/files/Jockey%20Club%20pps_0.pdf
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Next Saturday I meant.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
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.
Frank Kulcsar More than 1 year ago
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.
lizzy More than 1 year ago
Bern baby bern - had he been ridden right would have left goldencents in the dust and agree with russell and balock - good grief
russell More than 1 year ago
Bern Identity had a bad trip and was probably best but the winner was game on the lead and didn't quit.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
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.
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
No, he wont get a break...why give him rest? Afterall, he was full of himself today so that means run run run in that barn.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
I just looked up Optimizer's record over at Equibase and he's run 17 times in the last 15 months since 8/6/11. That comes out to an average of about 27 days between starts. (about 4 weeks) And Hightail has run 10 times since May 27th of this year (174 days). An average of 17.4 days between starts. So I guess you're right, the break probably won't be that long. After his last two races, I'd give Hightail at least 5 weeks probably but I'm not a Hall Of Fame trainer like Lukas is. Seems like the horse has run his heart out the last two races.
Zakk W. More than 1 year ago
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.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Know More only had two weeks of rest after an extremely rough trip during his Breeders' Cup race. The trip he had during the Breeders' Cup race was just brutal. He had a rough going in this race as well. He has lots of excuses for not doing his best in the Jackpot. I'm giving him a mulligan for this race, and hope a mini-vacation will help Know More come back fresh in early 2013.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I agree with you about Kevin Krigger, however. He's a nice man and I'm happy to see him having continued and increasing success in his career. This has been a wonderful opportunity for him and he's doing great things with that opportunity.