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Kentucky Derby hopeful colt, the son of a Manitoba-bred mare, races Saturday

March 7, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Story by Darren Dunn, Assiniboia Downs

Manitoba eyes will be on Santa Anita race track Saturday afternoon where the son of a Manitoba-bred mare will attempt to earn more points to get into the Kentucky Derby.

The colt, Goldencents, has already won two important stakes races, including a $1 million event, and finishing either 1st, 2nd or 3rd Saturday should solidify his entry into the Derby which runs on the first Saturday in May. The top 20 point-earning 3-year-old horses get to run in the Derby.

(Note: see the February issue for more information about Goldencents.)

Goldencents was born to Golden Works, a mare bred and owned by Phil Kives who races horses at Assiniboia Downs. Kives is the well-known originator of K-tel infomercials.

He sold Golden Works to Kentucky interests who bred her to a top-rated stakes-winning sire, Into Mischief. But Golden Works came from important genes herself. She was the daughter of Body Works, another Kives-bred horse, who was one of the best mares ever to race at Assiniboia Downs in the early 1990s. Her speed rating was a vaulted 112, just two fewer than the stallion Golden Works was bred to.

The $300,000 San Felipe stakes runs at 3:35 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, March 9. As a gesture of support for the colt, Assiniboia Downs will discount food purchases at the track if Goldencents finishes in the money. If Goldencents wins, patrons get a 15 per cent discount; second--10 per cent; third--five per cent.