04/25/2013 12:40PM

Kentucky Derby: Goldencents breezes slow six furlongs at Santa Anita

Shigeki Kikkawa
Goldencents, who won the Santa Anita Derby on April 6, breezed six furlongs in 1:16.20 on Thursday at Santa Anita in preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Derby.

Goldencents, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby on April 6, breezed a slow six furlongs in 1:16.20 on a cloudy morning at Santa Anita on Thursday, never being asked for a significant effort by exercise rider Jonny Garcia.

Working alone, Goldencents started at the half-mile pole on the backstretch and worked through the stretch and to the three-quarter pole at the start of the backstretch. He went slowly through the first half-mile before quickening into the first turn.

Trainer Doug O’Neill timed Goldencents in 40 seconds for the first three furlongs and in 36 seconds for the final three furlongs.

“The one thing I didn’t want to see was for him to go fast early and be slower late,” O’Neill said. “That was pretty solid.”

O’Neill timed Goldencents galloping out a mile in “1:43 and change.” O’Neill typically works horses into the first turn, trying to replicate a stronger gallop.

“I try not to have them put too much energy into a workout,” he said. “What he did today was similar to what he does every day, just a bit quicker. I think he looks right on.”

Goldencents, who will be ridden by Kevin Krigger in the Kentucky Derby on May 4, will be shipped to Churchill Downs on Saturday. In the days before the race, O’Neill plans to gallop Goldencents and does not intend to have another workout.

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Russell Guthrie More than 1 year ago
If all you people knew what you think you know, you all would be training these horses, owning them, not betting at the windows....just saying the KD is a crap shoot...any of the horses can win if everything falls into place
Goldhybrid More than 1 year ago
His company line is looking very good.
N Lad More than 1 year ago
big, big shot
daniel More than 1 year ago
They should withdraw this pretenter
russell More than 1 year ago
Goldencents is very talented and the odds will dictate whether I play him or not. He's game and he's fast. Don't really like him at the distance. Normandy Invasion and Goldencents look good.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Goldencents needs to rate off the speed inside him with no outside pressure as he did in the Santa Anita Derby. All this learning to relax goes out the window with a 20 horse stampede into the first turn. He wll be on the bit and want nothing to do that. There is no way he gets the trip he did in his last. Trying to rangle him back will be as bad as letting him wing a 1:10 pace. I don't see him there at the end.
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
You have it all figured out.....Go ride him!!!
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
the jock has nothing to do with it, the horse won't allow it to happen.
Andrew Montez More than 1 year ago
There will still be at least 3 or 4 horses that can sit off the pace and have a great trip going into the first turn. Whose to say Goldencents cant be one of the those horses.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
He won't be.It just won't work for him.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
I think this colt is legit but not sure he will get easy stalking trip like Santa Anita. And I'm not sure if "Mr. O NEIL" is trying to dispelled last years rumors about IHA not working between Preakness and Belmont or if he's on to something with long slow work here 10 days out?
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
let me ramble on here a bit...bare with me.....in the derby by the time they get just past 1 1/8 point Verrazano will be looking for a place to lie down just as goldencents puts it to him, drawing off to a length and a half lead....then the real fun begins...oxbo's turn next...him and gary stevens range up to within 3/4's length of goldencents from there previous stalking postion in the cat bird seat sitting back in 3rd .......orb will then go into overdrive trying to get into the fray from about mid -pack....just after this revolutionary will come with a strong run bobbing and weaving through the large field of tired horses who drift outward as calvin keeps him as close to the rail as possible...Normandy invasion then comes with a run along with from way back after breaking bad...java's war......but the wire is approaching quickly goldencents still has the lead and keeps finding more..orb has found his best stride and now closes the gap in a flash on the outside...heads bobbing apart....kevin krigger riding goldencents sense's a crowding feeling as revolutionary appears to his inside orb to his outside....and now pressing the go button....gary stevens and oxbow who ranges up on the far outside...with 50 yds. to the wire its 4 horses across the track..none giving quarter to any....at the wire ORB wins by a head over goldencents who retains 2nd place by a nose over oxbow who is a head in front of 4th place finisher revolutionary.....closest derby race in history.
mrm More than 1 year ago
Sounds exciting.
soto More than 1 year ago
When did Normandy Invasion go by those three?
Sir More than 1 year ago
On the gallop out.
Justin More than 1 year ago
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
How fun. But think you got it wrong in the first sentence. The only way Verrazano is on the lead is if he get's easily. It is far more likely that Verrazano at some point will go after Goldencents. At no point will Goldencents fly past Verrazano and keep him behind him. All this learning to relax will go out the window as they go into the first turn, Golden will be on the bit and on or near the lead.
Chris More than 1 year ago
Keep dreamin
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
im betting 10 bucks on a straight super just for the hell of it ! better chance than winning the lotto ....and your all invited to dinner..
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
$10 is a back up bet to me.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
That got my blood pumping a bit...will be there in person, first time!
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
Nice.... Go hungry. You will see more coolers full of food then you ever did. People will feed you the best food ever.
freecharm More than 1 year ago
Good luck! It will surely be one of the most memorable days in your life, win or lose, rain or shine.
Andrew Montez More than 1 year ago
Sounds like you got it all figured out. Why even watch the race haha
freecharm More than 1 year ago
Substitute Mylute for Oxbow and I'm willing to bet you have the right four horses for the SFC. I think the horse to beat is Goldencents; Orb will be the post-time favorite;(at something not less than $5.50); Revolutionary will be battling it out with Orb for 3yo honors, but if only he can stop hanging, my hopes are with Rosie and Mylute. .What bugs me is that there's no chatter re: the Oaks, which to me is shaping up as one of the premier races of this millennium. Good luck to you.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Nice , that was nice race calling Lawrence, but you got wrong, all wrong. You forgot Frac Daddy and Mylute at the wire along with a couple more yet to be announced.
commenting More than 1 year ago
Goldie is currently at 8:1, I hope he stays that way or even goes to IHA's 15:1 on the day. The only doubts I have about him is his rider, Krigger doesn't have a lot of patience and I worry he'll panic and send the horse on a suicide mission out front. But, time will tell. As long as the stampede of 20 all get safe trips.
mrm More than 1 year ago
Big negative. They got lucky last year with an inexperienced rider.
commenting More than 1 year ago
Mario was only inexperienced at CD and in the Derby, he had a lot of riding experience. He's a great hand at keeping horses calm and relaxed out there. Better than Krigger.
mrm More than 1 year ago
No CD experience or Derby experience is my point. His horse will have to be tons the best to navigate that cavalry charge and Goldie does not fall into that catagory.
Justin More than 1 year ago
Don't worry about Krigger.. Did you see his ride in the Santa Anita Derby? He rated the horse perfectly BEHIND the speed.
commenting More than 1 year ago
No, he actually fought with the horse behind the speed. The horse had his head up in the air the whole time around the first turn and heading down the backstretch and Krigger was standing on him trying to slow him down. Krigger doesn't get horses to relax...
N Lad More than 1 year ago
Not worried about Krigger--rides this horse with supreme confidence!
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
He has had to beat him senseless in 2 of his last three to get him to the line.
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
And that is how he will finish. Slowwwwwwwwwwwwwww...............
daniel More than 1 year ago
An astuter observation.