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Pedigree: Into Mischief - Golden Works (Banker's Gold )

Owner: Dave Kenney - W.C. Racing

Trainer: Doug O'Neill


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GOLDENCENTS -- Winner of the Gr 1 Santa Anita Derby!

Goldencents was back on top of his game April 6, turning back even-money choice Flashback to capture the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) by 1 1/4 lengths and handing trainer Doug O'Neill consecutive wins in the important West Coast test for 3-year-olds.

O'Neill, of course, parlayed a victory in last year's Santa Anita Derby by I'll Have Another into triumphs in both the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). He'll have another opportunity with Goldencents, a son of Into Mischief, owned by University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino's RAP Racing, W. C. Racing, and Dave Kenney.

An on-track crowd of 33,005 was reported at Santa Anita on a mild, sunny afternoon.

As Goldencents crossed the wire in front, Pitino's Cardinals were competing against Wichita State in the Final Four in Atlanta, Ga. Louisville went on to win, 72-68, capping a great day for the longtime racing enthusiast.

Unheralded Kevin Krigger, who won four races a day earlier—three for O'Neill—was once again aboard Goldencents. They pushed Super Ninety Nine on a fast pace in the 1 1/8-mile event and then took over in the stretch, holding off a game Flashback through the final furlong.

"As I've said all along, I've started making history with this horse," said Krigger after his first grade I victory. "This is just the start."

Krigger said he had no concern about the Derby's 1 1/4-mile distance for Goldencents.

"As long as I can get him to relax, his potential is untapped," he said.

O'Neill credited Krigger for a polished ride.

"He didn't panic early when the pace was a little bit hot the first quarter, and was able to just chill and save horse," O'Neill said. "Credit to Kevin and the horse. They're a great team."

Goldencents was sent off at odds of 6-1 in the eight-horse field after turning in a disappointing fourth-place finish in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) March 9.

Final time was 1:48.76 over a fast track. Flashback finished second, with Super Ninety Nine third and Tiz a Minister fourth. Trainer Bob Baffert sent out both Flashback, Super Ninety Nine, and fifth-place finisher Power Broker in his quest for a seventh Santa Anita Derby win.

The result assures Goldencents and Flashback of starting berths in this year's Kentucky Derby.