Goldencents Wins Sham; O’Neill Ponders Next Step
Goldencents took first place in the 2013 Sham Stakes. Jockey Kevin Krigger rode Goldencents to a flawless finish. Trainer Doug O’Neill claims Goldencents is doing great after his victory but isn’t sure when the colt’s next race will take place.
Goldencents made his 2013 debut at the Sham Stakes in Santa Anita. The two-year-old ran against four other horses, including two trained by the mighty Bob Baffert. Manando broke from the gate with extreme speed but Goldencents caught him in the end and finished first in the $100,000 2013 Sham Stakes.
When asked what the future holds for Goldencents, trainer Doug O’Neill replied, “No plans right now. But he ate up great and his legs are ice cold. We’ll meet up with the owners over lunch in 10 days and map out an agenda.”
Doug O’Neill added, “We thought that with Baffert having two horses in the race, one closer (second-place finisher Den’s Legacy) and one speed horse (third-place finisher Manando), we figured Garcia would send really hard. Kevin said he could sense leaving the gate that Garcia was doing that, so he wasn’t going to get caught up in a crazy pace duel. As the waters get deeper, you’ve got to be versatile and I think Goldencents and Kevin showed their versatility today.”
Goldencents gained ten points towards his entry into the 2013 Kentucky Derby by winning the Sham Stakes. He now is the top leader on the Run For The Roses points board with 24 points total.
Lady and The Track would like to wish Doug O’Neill, W.C. Racing, Kenney, Dave, and Rap Racing, jockey Kevin Krigger, and the awesome Goldencents the best of luck in their pursuit in the 2013 Triple Crown.