The following post was first published earlier this week at Paulick Report.
Goldencents accomplished two things with his victory in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs in Louisiana on Saturday. The bay colt became the first stakes winner for his sire, the Harlan’s Holiday horse Into Mischief, and Goldencents underlined the quality of his comparative form with divisional champion pro tem Shanghai Bobby.
The line of form comes from the colt’s second start, when Goldencents, then only the winner of his début, had run a solid second to Shanghai Bobby in the G1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont. Trainer Doug O’Neill had put Goldencents on a program of racing and development similar to that of I’ll Have Another, who shipped east to Saratoga last year and ran in the G1 Hopeful Stakes, where he was off the board.
In contrast, Goldencents had a much more successful foray across the country, and only the presence of the unbeaten Shanghai Bobby (by Harlan’s Holiday) prevented Goldencents from becoming a G1 winner in his second start.
Since the Champagne, Shanghai Bobby has come back to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile narrowly over He’s Had Enough (Tapit), who is a stablemate of Goldencents.
Shanghai Bobby, as one of the most certain divisional champions this year, represents a new milestone for his sire Harlan’s Holiday (Harlan), a grandson of Storm Cat who has appreciated in value as a stallion after the successes of his first crop of racers on the nation’s tracks. That first crop included Into Mischief, as well as G3 winner and classic-placed Denis of Cork.
Shanghai Bobby, however, will be the first champion for his sire, and fellow G1 winner Into Mischief is the first son of Harlan’s Holiday to make waves as an emerging sire of considerable potential.
The winner of three races from six starts, Into Mischief won the G1 Futurity at Hollywood and ran second in the G1 Malibu at Santa Anita, and his stock seems to be maturing in similar fashion, showing speed, then getting better late at 2, like their sire, and showing some class.
In addition to Goldencents, Into Mischief’s daughter Sittin at the Bar ran third in the G3 Delta Princess Stakes, and the stallion’s five other juvenile winners were victorious in maiden special company.
Into Mischief stands at the Spendthrift Farm of Wayne Hughes, who also raced the horse. Into Mischief will stand for $7,500 live foal in 2013. That figure makes him an attractive commercial proposition, as his sire, Harlan’s Holiday, will stand for $35,000 next year at WinStar Farm.
Into Mischief and Shanghai Bobby are two of the three G1 winners by Harlan’s Holiday. The other is Majesticperfection, who stands for $7,500 at Airdrie and has foals of 2012.
Bred in Kentucky by Rosecrest Farm and Karyn Pirrello, Goldencents is the fourth foal of his dam, the Banker’s Gold mare Golden Works, and co-breeder Pirrello purchased the mare for $7,000 at the 2007 Keeneland January sale, empty on a cover to Officer. Although the mare then produced three live foals in succession, Goldencents is the only one of them to survive.
Co-breeder Charles Miller said that the first foal they bred out of the mare, a 2008 colt by Posse, “got some weird infection and died, and the other, a 2009 filly by Action This Day, was injured being broke and had to be euthanized.”
The mare foaled Goldencents in 2010, was not bred for a 2011 foal, and has a weanling colt by Will He Shine (Silver Deputy). Golden Works was not bred this year.
Another instance of a nice yearling sold inexpensively in a highly adversarial market, Goldencents brought $5,500 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale from the consignment of Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm. The colt then resold as a 2-year-old in training for $62,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s June auction of juveniles. His earnings to date, from two victories in three starts, total $722,000.