Updated on 11/10/2013 12:31PM

Goldencents points to Cigar Mile in Eclipse Award bid

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Tom Keyser
Goldencents, winner of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, will run next in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The partnership that owns Goldencents, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1, has been reduced from four partners to two, and the 3-year-old will start in the $500,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Nov. 30.

Owner Glenn Sorgenstein said Thursday that he and partner Josh Kaplan have privately purchased the ownership shares of Dave Kenney and Rick Pitino, the University of Louisville basketball coach. The four men owned Goldencents through the BC Dirt Mile.

If Goldencents starts in the Cigar Mile, he would be racing for an enhanced purse.

The New York Racing Association has a clause in the race conditions stating that a Breeders’ Cup winner will run for a winner’s share of a $1 million purse. A Grade 1 winner will run for a winner’s share of a purse of $750,000.

Sorgenstein said a start in the Cigar Mile will be a chance to showcase Goldencents to East Coast racing fans in an attempt to attract support for the Eclipse Award as the champion 3-year-old male of 2013. Goldencents won the Santa Anita Derby in April, but was winless in five subsequent starts until the BC Dirt Mile.

The division leader for the 3-year-old male title is Will Take Charge, who was second by a nose in the BC Classic on Nov. 2. Will Take Charge won the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga in August.

Sorgenstein said a win in New York could help attract attention to Goldencents.

“We believe we have the best 3-year-old in the country,” Sorgenstein said. “We won a Breeders’ Cup race. We didn’t finish second.

“He looked like he didn’t run the night of the race. He looked like he didn’t run the day after the race. He’s been full of energy and ready to go to the track.”

Trained by Doug O’Neill, Goldencents has won 5 of 12 starts and earned $1,990,000.

Private Zone likely for Hong Kong Sprint

O’Neill said Thursday that Private Zone, 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, is likely to run in the $1.9 million Hong Kong Sprint on turf at Sha Tin on Dec. 8.

Owned by Good Friends Stable, Private Zone was beaten 6 1/4 lengths by Secret Circle in the BC Sprint, racing as close as second on the backstretch.

“It was a head scratcher,” O’Neill said. “He didn’t fire.”

Private Zone has won 5 of 20 starts and $513,820. He won the Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 28 and was the 3-1 second choice in the 12-runner BC Sprint.

Lisle Carmichaelgb More than 1 year ago
The cigar mile will be won by an off the pace horse.
lovethedead . More than 1 year ago
"We believe we have the best 3-year-old in the country,” Sorgenstein said. “We won a Breeders’ Cup race. We didn’t finish second." WHAT??? I laughed when I read . I guess he didn't notice the quality of the fields in both races?? Dirt Mile: off form/glorified allowance horses. Classic: winners of 9 G-1s this year, and over 26 million in combined purses. The Classic field had over twice the amount of stakes wins, nearly three Times the purse earnings and double the G-1 wins this year. The two fields were not even close to being in the same league. He has a very nice 3yo colt, but not a champion.
edb More than 1 year ago
Face it, the best 3 yr old of the year was Princess. The males were average and just beat each other up. You can make a case for several of them, but there is a bad side to all of them. When in doubt, bigger kudos go to Ken. Derby winner as always and the $2.5 million in purses. You are kidding about Goldencents being 3 yr old champ, right? Won't Take Charge? Verrazano? PM? Oxbow? Actually leaning more to no champ.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Hard to argue...good point
Jordan More than 1 year ago
No. By the end of the year Will Take Charge was a faster horse than Princess was at her best. Had Princess run in the Travers, she likely gets 4th. Had she run in the BC Classic, even at her best she is no better than 4th.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
For all the WTC remember these KEYWORDS when you make your case for WTC, and there Horse Racing definition ALMOST - LOST SECOND - LOST CLOSE. - LOST
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
WTC fans,
johnnie More than 1 year ago
Another useless comment by someone that has NO CLUE about anything. Including horse racing. If you can name 1 3yr old colt more deserving than WTC. Let's see the facts. It's not ORB, or PM and certainly not Verrazano. So who's your pick asstien ???
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Goldencents just another Lava Man ,same trainer Doug ONeil,great guy,but both Lava Man and Goldencents are Great in California.Brutal everywhere else. By the way whatever happened to the next coming, Kevin Krigger ? When is the last time he won a race? Rick Petino wins again.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Lava Man has a very human interest history. I can't imagine flying half-way around the world to run around a track, can you?
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Lava Man just couldn't ship. As for Goldencents, most likely, the distances of the Derby and Preakness, not the shipping, were the reasons for those poor efforts. In any event, you are factually incorrect because you failed to remember that last year Goldencents ran 2nd in the Champagne and won the $1 million Delta Jackpot.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
He's just incorrect, period.
Lisle Carmichaelgb More than 1 year ago
Younwanted to know whencwas the last time kevin krigger won a race? Check the horses he has ridden, and let me know which jockey could have won with them, you have to be on a horse capable of winining. You do not have a clue, just don't like the jock.
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
owners are expected to make dumb statements.that's their proper place in this game.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
No 3 year old won vs older. So if they go by record VS 3 year olds Orb should win hands down. 3xG1 wins, and G2 winner vs WTC 1 xGR1, and 2xG2 winner, and listed stake winner.
Diana Levy More than 1 year ago
Orb won 2 GR1 races (FL and KY Derbies)
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Bc dirt mile was against older so I guess goldencents is the only one. Orb only won 2 grade ones Florida and Kentucky derby not three. Goldencents has two grade ones, ine against older
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Now he will run over a tiring track with bad weather and the Chalk bites the dust.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
Best 3 year old Miler in the country...maybe, win on a different track please. Give my vote to Will Take Charge....nose away from this not even being a discussion.
B More than 1 year ago
Why is it so necessary for the Eclipse Awards to declare a winner in every category? Some mediocre horses over the years have been named champion who don't deserve that recognition. It only reduces the importance of the true champions. When they send out the ballots, why can't there be a choice of "no choice"? Why do they refuse to admit that no one horse stood out in this or that category?