Goldencents wire field in $1M Delta Jackpot S.
Goldencents turned back all challengers to register a 1 3/4-length triumph in the $1 million, Grade 3 Delta Jackpot for 2-year-olds in the Saturday feature on a card loaded with stakes at Delta Downs (VIDEO
). The big $600,000 winner's purse vaulted Into Mischief to third on the 2012 Freshman Sire list and gave the Spendthrift stallion his first graded stakes winner.
Goldencents broke well to set the pace, getting the opening quarter in 22.69 seconds, pushed along by Heaven’s Runway. Opening a length lead down the backside, Goldencents set quick fractions of 46.22 for the half-mile and 1:11.18 for six furlongs. Favorite Bern Identity tried to mount a late charge from the back of the pack, but Goldencents was well in hand and went on to cover the 1 1/16-miles on a fast track in 1:44.89.
“The more I asked, the more he gave,” said Kevin Krigger, Goldencents regular rider.
“I came in confident like I did in New York, when we finished second in the Champagne. This is the best 2-year-old I have ever sat on. To come into this type of race with this type of horse I have been waiting my entire career for a horse like this. This horse is very professional. He’s never rank and never does anything wrong.”
“He’s such a nice colt,” added Doug O’Neill, who trains Goldencents. “He has so much natural speed and he handled himself like a seasoned pro.”
Goldencents won his debut at Del Mar, then shipped to Belmont Park for last month’s Grade 1 Champagne S., where he finished a very close second to eventual Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Shanghai Bobby. Goldencents was not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup, but would have gone in the Juvenile if he was, said O’Neill.
“I don’t know the exact path (for the next start), but we will probably look somewhere at Santa Anita after the first of the year,” he said. “Maybe the Bob Lewis Stakes (G2, $200,000, on Feb. 2).”
In addition to the big payday, Goldencents earned 10 points on the new Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifying system that governs preference into the race if it is oversubscribed. Goldencents had previously earned 4 points in the Champagne.
Owned by the partnership of W.C. Racing, Dave Kenney, and Rap Racing, Goldencents is now 2-1-0 in three starts, amassing $722,000 in earnings. O'Neill's brother Dennis picked out and purchased Goldencents for $62,000 from the OBS Horses of Racing Age sale this April.
Sittin At the Bar third in $500,000 Delta Princess (G3)
Goldencents was the highlight on the Delta Downs Saturday card, but Sittin At the Bar gave Into Mischief another stakes horse from his first crop with a third-place finish in the $500,000 Delta Princess (G3) one race earlier on the card.
Sittin At the Bar earned $50,000 for the effort, and boosted Into Mischief's progeny earnings to $966,734. Bred in Louisiana by Spendthrift Farm, the 2-year-old filly is now 1-1-1 in three starts and has earned $95,000. She is out of the Dixie Flag S. winner Fast Laner.