Goldencents wins Sham, takes lead in Derby point standings

Sham Stakes (G3)
Winner (pts): Goldencents (10)
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Jockey: Kevin Krigger
2nd, 3rd, 4th (pts): Den’s Legacy (4), Manando (2), Dry Summer (1)
Chart: Equibase
Replay: Bloodhorse

CTD Analysis: While Goldencents’ newfound stalking style is encouraging, it was not a visually impressive performance.  He needed quite a bit of urging from jockey Kevin Krigger, who should be lauded for his skills and timing in the late stages of the race.  None of Goldencents’ four competitors had ever come close to winning a race on dirt, with the closest losing margin prior to the Sham being 6 lengths.  His Beyer speed figure came back 93- respectable for this stage of the trail, but nothing to instill a load of confidence.  Unfortunately, the Sham did nothing but keep his class questionable for me.  His pedigree also causes concern when distances start to increase later on the trail.

Looking elsewhere to find promising colts in the Sham is difficult too.  Den’s Legacy made a nice closing move along the rail and could move up, although a break might be in order considering his 9 career starts.  Manando just couldn’t hold onto the lead and will most likely need some education in harnessing his speed if he is to become a major player.