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Breeders Cup 2015

Goldencents Works for San Felipe

Goldencents with Kevin Krigger aboard wins the 2013 running of the Sham Stakes at at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on January 5, 2013.

Sham Stakes winner Goldencents and recent acquisition Mudflats each worked six furlongs for Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill before Saturday’s first race on Santa Anita’s wet/fast main track for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 9.

The 1 1 /16-mile race for 3-year-olds is a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 6.

Each horse worked separately, Goldencents going in 1:10.27 under regular rider Kevin Krigger, while Mudflats went in 1:14.21 with Julien Leparoux aboard. Fractional times were 22.83, 45.66 and 57.80 for Goldencents and 24.88, 49.31 and 1:01.78 for Mudflats.

“Goldencents worked like a champ,” O’Neill said. “I’m very happy. I’m trying to get Mudflats to keep his mind on business, so it’s something we’ll have to work on.”

O’Neill said long-range goals for both colts include the Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 9.

Before Friday’s first race, O’Neill-trained He’s Had Enough and Handsome Mike worked in company in 1:11 on Santa Anita’s wet/fast track.

Pennsylvania Derby winner Handsome Mike is scheduled to run against Game On Dude in next Sunday’s San Antonio Stakes, a forerunner to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap on March 2. He’s Had Enough, runner-up by a head in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to Eclipse Award winner Shanghai Bobby, goes in next Saturday’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.

“Handsome Mike was just kind of cruising when He’s Had Enough came up alongside of him,” said Doug’s brother, Dennis. “Handsome Mike’s a good work horse but the other one still hasn’t quite figured it out yet. Mario (Gutierrez) was really getting after him to finish up.

“Handsome Mike (ridden by Tyler Baze) was just breezing . . . on the gallop out, Handsome Mike was much the best.”



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