Just like his sire, Into Mischief, he stands as a Grade I winner. And though both horses were good on the track, the son ended up exceeding the accomplishments of his dad over the course of a three season career.

A handsome bay colt, Goldencents served notice to the circuit he was a competitor by dominating his competition on debut in a sprint at Del Mar towards the end of the 2012 summer meet. Owned by W.C. Racing, He made two more starts that year, and both provided more insight into how good he was. First came the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Park, which saw Goldencents finish second to eventual Juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby, followed by a nice win in the Grade II Delta Downs Jackpot going a mile and one-sixteenth.

Two wins and a runner up finish in three starts is a fine record, but Goldencents showed he could adapt to tracks across the country. And going from debut maiden winner to stakes place in a Grade I next time out is not an easy task. Indeed, the Doug O'Neill trained colt (assistant trainer Leandro Mora was trainer of record for the first race), foreshadowed what was to come later on.

The Kentucky Derby prep season of Goldencents took that of a traditional path. With regular rider Kevin Krigger (who had been there since Del Mar) aboard, Goldencents got his three-year-old campaign off to a winning start in the Grade III Sham Stakes in January. Before then, Goldencents liked going to the front early, but he showed that he could track the pace and take over in the Sham. Fast fractions and a duel with Flashback cost him the win in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes, but Goldencents rebounded well in the Santa Anita Derby, giving him the status of Grade I winner alongside his father.

Next up for Goldencents was the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, which resulted in off the board finishes. These proved to be nothing more than blips in the radar, however, for the colt rattled off three consecutive runner-up finishes in the Grade I Bing Crosby, Grade II Pat O'Brien, and Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Goldencents had a couple of new riders during this period of his career in Patrick Valenzuela and Rafael Bejarano (who would ride him for most of his remaining starts), and it was with the latter that Goldencents scored his biggest win to date.

Going back to the method of taking control early, the bay did just that in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita. He never looked back after assuming the lead, taking the race in style while not being headed in the stretch.

After closing out the year with a seventh in the Grade I Cigar Mile, Goldencents was in good form throughout his four-year-old season. It began with seconds in Belmont Park's Grade I Metropolitan Handicap and Del Mar's Bing Crosby, but he returned to the winners' circle in his second attempt at the Pat O'Brien, giving another win at the track where it all started for him just under two years prior.

The 2014 campaign of Goldencents mirrored that of 2013 in the sense that he spent much of the second half of the year sprinting. This included a return engagement in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, where he finished a game second. Though Goldencents had won sprinting before, he was clearly more of a router, and he got the chance to go long once more in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, which again took place at Santa Anita.

In some ways, the race marked Goldencents coming full circle. Leandro Mora was again trainer of record, and Goldencents seized the lead early. Just as he had done multiple times before with this method, Goldencents allowed no one to overtake him, and he concluded his racing career as the first two-time winner of the Dirt Mile.

Since retiring from the races, Goldencents has found success in the breeding shed. Among his top horses in the early years of his stud career are By My Standards Mr. Money, and Wildman Jack, all of whom are graded stakes winners. They are joined by Newstome and Silvercents, both of whom are minor stakes winners.

In an eighteen-race career, Goldencents collected seven wins and seven runner-up efforts. He did so with a quiet gameness that was evident during competition. Looking at his performances, Goldencents went to the front with a calm, cool demeanor. Naturally talented to begin with, he seemed unfazed while running. He gave his all each time he left the starting gate, and he earned every win and second that came his way.

In short, he was a paragon.

Entry added December 24, 2020. AF