Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile: Goldencents guns to the lead on way to victory
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Goldencents ran his 10 opponents off their feet, taking command in the first turn before gradually widening in a thoroughly dominating performance Friday in the seventh running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.
Over a glib main track that favored speed throughout the afternoon, Goldencents put away Broadway Empire approaching the quarter pole and had plenty of cushion in prevailing by 2 3/4 lengths over a late-running Golden Ticket. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to Brujo de Olleros in third, while Verrazano, the 5-2 favorite, was another 1 1/2 lengths back in fourth.Go here to read more.
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Jockey Rafael Bejarano celebrates after riding Goldencents to victory in the Breeders' Cup.
2013 DIRT MILE
The Dirt Mile was Goldencents' race from the start. Breaking from the outside post in a field of 11, the 3-year-old colt, the second to win in the race's history, gunned for the lead heading into the first turn, setting a :22.12 pace for the first quarter and :44.75 for the first half. Rebuffing a stretch challenge from Golden Ticket, Goldencents won by 2 3/4 lengths with a final time of 1:35.12. The win was the fourth Breeders' Cup victory for jockey Rafael Bejarano and for trainer Doug O'Neill. Go here to view more.
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Goldencents draws unenviable No. 12 spot $1 million Dirt Mile Trainer Doug O’Neill, scheduled to run nine horses in this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, was pleased with the post positions his horses drew early Monday afternoon.
The only exception was Goldencents, the 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner who drew the No. 12 spot in Friday’s $1 million Dirt Mile. Go here to read more.
Goldencents Sharp for BC Dirt Mile
Goldencents worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track in 59 seconds flat under leading rider Rafael Bejarano Friday morning as the Santa Anita Derby winner prepares for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 1.
“I thought he looked great,” said trainer Doug O’Neill, who also sent out Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf favorite Clenor a half-mile on turf in 47.20. “Raffy and the horse looked great together.” Go here to read more.
Goldencents comes in 2nd at Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar
Points Offthebench ($8.80) was the fourth choice among six runners in his stakes debut. Smith settled him into fourth place early in the six-furlong race, they hit the front a furlong out, and they were fully extended to stave off Goldencents and win by a head in 1:09.04 on Polytrack. Go here to read more.