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Kentucky Derby: Goldencents breezes slow six furlongs at Santa Anita
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.
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
His company line is looking very good.
big, big shot
They should withdraw this pretenter
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
And that is how he will finish. Slowwwwwwwwwwwwwww...............
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