Goldencents completed a sweep of Saturday's major three-year-old stakes by sons of Into Mischief with a workmanlike score in the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham at Santa Anita. Favored at 2-5 in a field of five, Goldencents caught leg-weary pacesetter Manando inside the final furlong and drew off to a 1 1/2 -length victory under Kevin Krigger.
The victory by Goldencents on Saturday came shortly after that of Vyjack, a gelded son of Into Mischief, in the Grade 2 Jerome at Aqueduct.
Doug O'Neill enjoyed a life-changing experience with I'll Have Another in 2012. The 44-year-old trainer conditioned the upstart three-year-old to unexpected victories in three Grade 1 races, the Santa Anita Derby, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, before an 11th-hour tendon injury forced him to abort a Triple Crown attempt in the Belmont Stakes.
Goldencents will be the one to catch when he opens his three-year-old campaign in the Grade 3, $100,000 Sham at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Doug O'Neill-trained colt has displayed high speed in all three career outings, including a 1 3/4-length tally in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Jackpot most recently, and will break from post 2 with regular rider Kevin Krigger.
The 1 1/16-mile Sham is part of the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series, awarding 10-4-2-1 points to the respective top four finishers.
Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa's Itsmyluckyday made short work of his rivals in the $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby, scoring by a widening 6 3/4-length margin in the New Year Day's event for three-year-olds. The one-mile event serves as the first race on the road to Gulfstream Park's signature Kentucky Derby prep, the $1 million Florida Derby on March 30.