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Goldencents: License to Run

With a name like Goldencents, you might expect the protagonist in this story to be surrounded by Bentleys, martinis shaken not stirred, supervillains, and Bond girls, but not so. This hero makes 007 look as slow as a senior citizen trying to use an iPad for the first time. Generally speaking, a 5 ½ furlong maiden race on Del Mar’s synthetic surfaced main track is no way to prepare for the cross-country competition of the historic Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, but that is exactly how Goldencents was thrust into the fire. 
 
Taking on the East’s most important mile for juveniles, and the East’s most highly regarded young colts for that matter, Goldencents was about as conspicuous on the Champagne program as an Amish person at South Beach. It wasn’t that his debut performance was not strong, quite the contrary. The son of Into Mischief made his first start look easy. Without the aid of any high-tech spy gadgets, Goldencents outclassed his maiden competition to the tune of a 7 ¼ length romp. The arrival of the colt with the intriguing name had come as no surprise to the surf and turf railbirds, who pounded the first-time starter down to 8-5 for his unveiling. Apparently his morning moves were less than clandestine.
 
Owned by W.C. Racing, Dave Kenney & RAP Racing, and trained by Doug O’Neill, Goldencents was a tenth of a second from breaking the track that early September day at Del Mar, so maybe it should not have been such a surprise to see him in the Grade 1 Champagne, but still, how often do you see a horse attempting what he did? Into the fire, but far from burned, the inexperienced invader from the left coast actually ran as smooth as one of Bond’s best cars.
 
With pilot Kevin Krigger along for the ride, Goldencents took it right to his opposition from the opening bell, just as the pair had done in sunny California. Making all the pace, he led the promising field through sensible fractions of :23.55, :47.45, and 1:11.21, with heavily favored, and the far more experienced, Shanghai Bobby close in tow. The rest of the Champagne story does not go the way Goldencents supporters may have hoped, but his second place performance was good enough to finish clear of a trio of well-liked colts in Fortify, Archwarrior, and Micromanage. His final time was also noticeably faster than the Grade 1 Frizette fillies, was run that same afternoon.
 
Of course we all know what Shanghai Bobby did in his next start, raising his perfect record to 5-for-5 with a championship clinching win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, thereby underscoring the impressive trip to New York for Goldencents. For him, though, there was no Breeders’ Cup, as the $62,000 OBS two-year-old in training purchase was not nominated to the World Championships.
 
So what’s next for the colt that has done so much in his initial two starts? Why, a trip to Louisiana and Delta Downs, of course. The Jackpot beckons, and Goldencents will travel. 
 
Saturday’s $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot is shaping as one of the best juvenile races of the year. With the likes of Know More, Bern Identity, Hightail, Central Banker, and Itsmyluckyday set to square off, it should be a real contentious affair, but the horse they will all have to beat is Cents … Goldencents.

 

 

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zatt, on that particular track the #9 post, with his early speed gave him a big advantage. I used to go to a harness track with that configeration, Vernon Downs. Horses with early speed usually got the position they wanted. I didn't expect BI to be sitting behind a wall of horses either though. I didn't think he'd get there on that track. Nice runs by both.
I should have called this one: License to Win.
Yes, in order. I like the first two horses style, and went with that over Goldencents' speed, since I don't like how he faded in the Champagne, and this race, besides when Rule won, is tough on speed horses. They tend to burn out , but Glodencents is in there for third. He should be able to take that spot (or better). I could have used Know More or even High Tail in fourth, but I think the BC races may have tired them, so Bern Identity is in with his experience over the track.
Is that your picks, Mary? In order or not?
Central Banker, Itsmyluckyday, Goldencents, Bern Identity.
Bern has the advantage, and if he gets into position and gets room to run in the stretch he will run by this field, but that is MY opinion.
It's a two horse race between Bern Idenity and Goldencents with the nod going to Bern Idenity IMO. what a race with Know More my longshot. Good luck to all.
I am going to play him no matter what. I have posted on his thread how much I like him. Watch him romp this race. Don't count out Bern at all though, I am thinking of playing trifecta boxes and exacta boxes, betting this race heavy. It is a very talented field for sure.
Awaiting entries and checking PPs.
I'd like the speedy Goldencents to steal the Jackpot, but I'm thinking that Itsmyluckyday might have the style to win this.
Vintage Zipse--informative, insightful, and imaginative. And now even "I" get it, Goldencents is a horse to watch.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.