27th of April 2013 Author: Johnny Karp
In his final training session before the Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents ran six furlongs in 1:16 1/5 on April 25 at Santa Anita Park under regular exercise rider Jonny Garcia. Last year's Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill, Goldencents' jockey Kevin Krigger, and several horse owners watched the run from the grandstand.
Working from the half-mile pole to the three-quarter pole, Goldencents was timed through splits of :27 1/5, :40 1/5, :51 1/5, and 1:03. "We had him galloping out seven furlongs in 1:29 and two fifths and the mile in 1:43 and two," said Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.
O'Neill said he usually does not intend to work this particular horse fast. "We try to make his workouts similar to a gallop," O'Neill said. "We try not to zap him. This is very similar to what he does every day, just a little quicker. I thought he went great. My biggest focus was to have him finish up stronger than he started off, and he did just that. I got him in :40 seconds for the first three furlongs, and :36 for the second three furlongs, so he definitely picked it up when Jonny asked him to. And I liked the gallop out. I'm very happy."
O'Neill said Goldencents will leave Santa Anita for Churchill Downs April 27 at 4 a.m., with the big Kentucky Dreby coming May 4. Krigger was very happy about the move. "Jonny gets along with this horse so well and he gets him to relax early," said Krigger, who will be riding in his first-ever Kentucky Derby. "Ever since the San Felipe, Doug has been trying to gear him down and get him to relax. Jonny did a great job this morning and he finished up real strong, which is what Doug wanted."
Goldencents will attempt to become the 10th Santa Anita Derby winner to go on and win the Kentucky Derby. The odds seem to favour him as well, he is 9/1 to win it at Intertops, with place odds at 9/5.
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