He also earned a $600,000 share of the purse and climbed to second on the list for the 2013 Kentucky Derby with 14 points after earning 10 for the win under the new "Road to the Kentucky Derby" qualifying system.
Goldencents already had four points for an Oct. 6 runner-up effort behind eventual Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Shanghai Bobby in the Foxwoods Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.
I'll give props - and maybe more of a nod as well - to the runner up Bern Identity who was stuck in traffic and when found running room exploded. Nice turn of foot there!
Looks like both have the ability to easily run the 1 1/4-mi distance ...
Interesting - Violence isn't being cited now as a likely Remsen entry.
Per the DRF 11/20/12 it will be a big field of runners:Repole owned Micromanage and Overanalyze are expected. As is another Pletcher trainee Delhomme. Then others expected Frac Daddy, Indy’s Illusion, Irsaal, Keep the Canoli, Normandy Invasion, Quinzieme Monarque, and Stormy Len.
Picking the Derby 5 1/2 minutes before post time is often an exercise in futility, so trying to figure out the outcome 5 1/2 months out is sheer insanity. Nonetheless, here goes:
1. Normandy Invasion: Chad Brown is more than the flavor of the month. He has emerged this year as one of the sport's most talented trainers. The one thing he has yet to do is campaign a serious Kentucky Derby contender, but that should change next year thanks to Normandy Invasion.
2. He's Had Enough: The team of Doug O'Neill, J. Paul Reddam and Mario Guiterriez will try to do it again after the 2012 win with I'll Have Another.
3. Bern Identity: Another who may have lost a big race because of a troubled trip.
4. Shanghai Bobby: He's No. 1 this year, but what will he be in 2013?
5. Power Broker: Like all of Baffert's horses, he simply didn't show up in the Breeders' Cup. But there's every reason to believe he'll run back to his explosive win in the Grade 1 Frontrunner.
6. Overanalyze: He seems to run well every other race and when he shows up he's good.
7. Goldencents: Doug O'Neill … Delta Jackpot win … second in the Champagne … what's not to like?
8. Beholder (f): Trainer Richard Mandella is old school and not likely to take chances, which means Beholder is likely Oaks, and not Derby, bound.
9. Uncaptured: The winner of Saturday's Kentucky Jockey Club, he is 2-for-2 on the dirt and 2-for-2 at Churchill.
10. Frac Daddy: Almost as good as Uncaptured. In the Ken McPeek barn, he's in good hands.
11. Little Distorted: Has run only once, and at that in a six-furlong maiden. But he won in 1:09 3/5 and earned a 101 Beyer figure.
12. Gulfport: A $775,000 yearling purchase, the son of Unbridled's Song-Dream Supreme has come to life after showing little in his first three starts
Brown said that Normandy Invasion was scheduled to leave Belmont by van for Palm Meadows on Tuesday. He said he and owner Rick Porter would discuss whether to run Normandy Invasion two or three times before the Kentucky Derby. One spot Brown mentioned was the Wood Memorial, likely to be run April 6.
Wachtel hopes he landed on one in My Name Is Michael, a son of Macho Uno who ran a solid second in last Saturday’s Display Stakes at Woodbine.
Wachtel, who purchased a 75 percent interest in the horse from Barry Butzer and Dominion Bloodstock, said Monday that My Name Is Michael would be transferred to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott later this week and would be given an opportunity on dirt in late January or early February.
Derby Future Book (Wynn|Encore) as of 11/ 26/12 pegs 'My Name is Michael' at 275/1 today and when the book opened up ...
Baffert worked all four colts - Carving, Den’s Legacy, and Really Mr Greely, along with Title Contender - at Santa Anita on Sunday or Monday and said Tuesday.
He’s Had Enough, the runner-up in the BC Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 and the expected favorite for the CashCall Futurity.
Carving, who must be supplemented for $30,000, won the Real Quiet Stakes on Nov. 1, his second stakes win of the fall. Owned by Baffert’s wife, Jill, and Olympic skier Bode Miller, Carving also won the C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes on dirt at Fairplex Park in September.
Also expected in this race is the New York shipper of Violence who won the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes!
He made his debut with Julien Leparoux up for Bob Baffert Saturday Dec 8th. The 3 1/2 length victory - in a field of 9 runners - was awarded with a lofty Beyer Speed Figure of 93. The secret was out however as Flashback went off at even-money odds
He wins at a ginormous price ($259.60 to win) in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park and suddenly he's pointed on the Derby trail. We'll see if this dream continues in Arksansas as he'll run in either the $150,000 Smarty Jones on Jan. 21 or the Grade 3, $300,000 Southwest on Feb. 18.
Both those would-be races for Texas Bling are part of the 36 stakes races that are recognized by CDI as generating Derby points. Somewhat amazingly both the Smarty Jones and Southwest only awards 10 -4 -2 -1 points for the 1st four finishers, respectively.
And Texas Bling got plenty of dirt in his face, and had to find a hole to punch through. Very gutsy!
Is Remington dirt, or synthetic? Have had computer issues lately, which correction now has everything a little bit smaller, so hard to read the PDF chart to see...thanks!
I'm pretty sure Remington in Oklahoma is dirt. He put in a nice effort but can he follow that up in a Derby-point race against more serious contenders? It remains to be seen but this weekend will shed more light on other early Derby-ish runners.