Goldencents colt impresses in G3 Pat Day Mile on Derby Day

May 4, 2019

Mr. Money runs away with the Pat Day Mile-G3 on Kentucky Derby day | Eclipse Sportswire photo

Mr. Money runs away with the Pat Day Mile-G3 on Kentucky Derby day | Eclipse Sportswire photo

Mr. Money cut back slightly in distance in the $400,000 Pat Day Mile (G1) on Derby Day at Churchill Downs and came away with a resounding 5 ¼-length victory, the first graded stakes score for the 3-year-old Goldencents colt.

The victory was worth $228,160 and increased Mr. Money’s bankroll to $402,560 with a record of 7-2-2-0 for Allied Racing Stable LLC.

Mr. Money broke his maiden last September at Churchill Downs, then ran a credible fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) over the same track. He had excuses in his two Triple Crown prep races at Fair Grounds, but returned to the flat mile for the Pat Day.

Under a hold early by jockey Gabriel Saez, Mr. Money came between horses to challenge for the lead outside the quarter pole, then drew off with authority to win with speed to spare (VIDEO).

Mr. Money ran the mile on the fast main track in 1:35.21, earning him a lifetime-best Beyer Speed Figure of 92.

“Saving ground for later, I split horses turning for home and, man, the minute he was free, he explodes,” said Saez. “He finished really well, and handled the track, and got the job done. He’s been doing fabulous, day by day, week by week.”

Bred by Spruce Lane Farm, Mr. Money is out of Plenty O’Toole and is from the same family as Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Well Armed.

Goldencents, also the sire of Louisiana Derby (G2) winner By My Standards (Mr. Money’s stablemate), is currently the #1 ranked Second-Crop Sire in North America with $1.5 million in progeny earnings and 22 individual winners to date.