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.”