06/19/2013 4:25PM

Hollywood Park: Goldencents will focus on sprints this summer

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
The Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar is one possibility for Goldencents.

Goldencents, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby in April, will revert to sprints later this summer after disappointing performances in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Earlier this spring, trainer Doug O’Neill said that the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes over seven furlongs for 3-year-olds at Saratoga on Aug. 24 is a long-term goal for Goldencents. O’Neill is now planning for a potential prep race for Goldencents in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes over six furlongs at Del Mar on July 28.

“We’ll nominate for the Bing Crosby and use that as a spot with the King’s Bishop as the next spot,” O’Neill said.

Goldencents was 17th in the Kentucky Derby on May 4 and fifth in the Preakness Stakes on May 18. Goldencents had his first workout since the Preakness at Hollywood Park last Saturday, going a half-mile in 50.60 seconds.