01/06/2013 5:59PM

Santa Anita: Goldencents will get one or two preps for Kentucky Derby

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Trainer Doug O'Neill wants to keep Sham winner Goldencents away from his other Kentucky Derby prospects.

Goldencents, the winner of the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, will have “one or two more” starts leading to the Kentucky Derby in May, trainer Doug O’Neill said on Sunday.

O’Neill said a plan will be made on Goldencents’s late winter and spring  season in coming weeks, with the intent of keeping the colt separate as much as possible from three of his other Triple Crown prospects – Avare, He’s Had Enough, and Mudflats.

Goldencents won the $100,000 Sham Stakes over a mile by 1 1/2 lengths as the 2-5 favorite. Ridden by Kevin Krigger, Goldencents stalked pacesetter Manando and took the lead in the final sixteenth.

“He looked fantastic,” O’Neill said on Sunday of Goldencents. “We’ll meet with the clients in 10 days and map out a couple of different plans. We’ll look at his energy and his health and see where we’ll go.”

Options at Santa Anita leading to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 6 include the $200,000 Robert Lewis Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 2 and the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 9.

Goldencents races for Glenn Sorgenstein, Joshua Kaplan, David Kenney, and Rick Pitino, the basketball coach at the University of Louisville.
O’Neill has He’s Had Enough, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in November, scheduled for a start in the Grade 2 Robert Lewis.  Regarding the San Felipe, O’Neill said, ‘We hope to have one of ours in there.”

It is unlikely that will be Avare. The winner of the Eddie Logan Stakes over a mile on a wet-fast track on Dec. 29, Avare is being pointed for the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes for 3-year-olds over a mile at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 21.

Mudflats made his first start for O’Neill in Saturday’s $200,000 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, but only finished seventh after fighting for the lead in the first half-mile of the one-mile race.

“We’re going to bring him home and see how he’s doing,” O’Neill said. “That was a head scratcher.”

Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Its amazing how a persons posts get deleted when their comment is SPOT on! I love it.
D More than 1 year ago
hopethat krigger keeps the mount
steve milgats More than 1 year ago
Whats not to like? He has won 3 out of 4 on 4 different tracks. Beyer average of 93. Only loss has been to SB in his second race after being shipped from LA to NY. I've watched his run outs and he refuses to get passed. All of the top three year olds have yet to be tested on distance, GC should be fine. He has the intangibles most do not. If the Sham was 1 1/16 he could have won more impressively. Good ride Kevin Krigger.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
TOTALLY WRONG HES PROBABLY INJURREDAFTER THIS RACE WATCH
Jay Stone More than 1 year ago
What Goldencents, Vyjack, and a good La. bred filly named Sittin At The Bar all have in common is a good young sire. They are all by Into Mischief, a son of Harlan's Holiday. With a limited number of starters he has produced some nice two year olds who have blossomed as three year olds.
Dave Tang More than 1 year ago
I really will be following two horses from the Chad Brown arsenal: Normandy Invasion and Air Squadron..... yes Air Squadron, the colt who ran 3rd in a MSW at Gulfstream this Saturday!
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
I really like Normandy Invasion...
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
I really looked at the race objectively and have to agree that Kevin may have been a tad over zealous and may be advised to temper being overly aggressive with Goldencents. The colt was doing his job getting past his rivals fairly easy, no need to crush in into the ground kevin....Relax.
avlamal More than 1 year ago
THAT WAS NOT EASY AT ALL I DONT KNOW IF YOU KNOW WHAT U R TALKING ABOUT BUT THAT WAS A REAL HARD RACE FOR THIS HORSE I GUARANTEE U HES NOT THE SAME HORSE
Randall More than 1 year ago
What race were you watching Gary? Krigger had to "strike" 22 times to finally get ahead and clear to the wire. If you want to put a future bet on Goldencents, I'll book all your action........though you're probably broke.
John More than 1 year ago
Not a big Baffert fan anymore, didnt like the excuses about Tweebster , but I think Baffert will be a major player, he has 2 or 3 that looked extremely impressive and he seems to have the right strategy, run them 2-3 times and take a shot ! Bodemeister and Paynter did well on short routes to the Triple Crown ! I think Goldencents is going to end up being a excellent sprinter or miler. I hope they dont grind him into the ground. That was a HARD RACE and a HARD RIDE !
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Goldenscents wont be found come May.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
my best prediction for the derby at this point is that by April everybody is going to be criticizing the new point system and wishing they had left it alone.thats guaranteed.as for the horses its way too early,ive only seen two I like fury kapcory and violence.
Deaton More than 1 year ago
and you're right on, Mark...havent seen a horse get whipped like that since Rene Douglass's ride on Editor's Note in the 96 Belmont.
Deaton More than 1 year ago
we'll see his limited ability in the bob lewis stakes...