Top 3-year-olds give Goldencents 'solid start' at Spendthrift

July 17, 2019 02:35pm
Top 3-year-olds give Goldencents 'solid start' at Spendthrift
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Mark Toothaker, stallion sales manager for Spendthrift Farm, says the talk is true: If new studs don’t come up with a big-name runner in their first couple of crops, breeders will back away.

“You’ve got so little leeway there,” Toothaker said. “The numbers drop off dramatically.”

That shouldn’t be a problem, however, for Goldencents, Spendthrift’s leading second crop sire thanks to two equally connected colts. By My Standards and Mr. Money have both won graded stakes this season, with the latter potentially on his way to the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (G1).

Already, there’s talk at Spendthrift of upping Goldencents’ stud fee for 2020 by $5,000 to $25,000 — and letting breeders know it before his next batch of yearlings begin selling next month at Saratoga.

“If Mr. Money or By My Standards goes on and gets that Grade 1 win, which we think either of those horses are capable of that, then we’d go probably to 30,” Toothaker said.

Goldencents leads all second-crop sires in total runners (99), winners (48) and blacktype stakes wins (5) in 2019. By My Standards, the Louisiana Derby (G2) hero who’s currently sidelined, is his top earner, with Mr. Money’s streak of Grade 3 victories in the Pat Day Mile, Matt Winn Stakes and last Saturday’s Indiana Derby placing Goldencents atop the money list as well.

Bret Calhoun trains both of those colts for Chester Thomas’ Allied Racing. Bloodstock Josh Stevens found them both at auction, snagging Mr. Money ($130,000) as a Keeneland yearling and By My Standards ($150,000) as a year-old the following April.

“They weren’t out there looking for a Goldencents,” Calhoun said earlier this year. “These horses just fell on their radar and fell on their list. We ended up having two of the better ones.”

Spendthrift also stands Into Mischief, Goldencents’ sire, for $150,000, making him the priciest stallion on its roster at a price double the next horse on its list, Malibu Moon. Few horses with listed fees stand for more; War Front’s $250,000 price tag tops in North America.

In this case, father’s success in the breeding shed may be fueling son’s expectations.

“We were so overrun with mares on him last year,” Toothaker said of Goldencents. “He bred basically the same book as Into Mischief. He bred to 240 mares, so he was extremely busy.”

Both stallions are drawing “two-turn, stretchy mares” who may help buck their reputations of sprinter and miler types. Into Mischief’s Audible won the 2018 Florida Derby (G1), after all, and Goldencents was the 2013 Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner before he backed up in distance.

“There are a tremendous amount of similarities if you go back and compare where they are apples to apples on the same crop,” said Toothaker, who expects to see more sons of both in future runnings of the Kentucky Derby.

“I think you’re seeing Goldencents is getting better mares than Into Mischief was if you want to compare the same type of crop along the way.”

With a longterm future in the breeding shed seemingly secured for Goldencents, the 2013-2014 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner, “I can’t say enough about what these two horses have done to give him a solid start,” Toothaker said of Mr. Money and By My Standards.

“We’ve got people calling already asking about next year.”

 

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