Goldencents zips six furlongs at Santa Anita
The 1 1/16-mile San Felipe is a major steppingstone to the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 6.
Due to off track conditions, only 30 workouts were recorded during regularly scheduled hours Saturday morning.
Bob Baffert's duo of Grade 3 hero Den's Legacy and Manando, the respective second and third behind Goldencents in the Sham, each covered a half-mile in :49 3/5.
Stablemate Carving, the winner of the Real Quiet but only sixth in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, drilled five furlongs in :59 3/5.
Also for Baffert, Super Ninety Nine, runner-up in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue two back, ripped six panels in 1:11 3/5.
O'Neill's multiple Grade 1 veteran Richard's Kid worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5. Fourth in the Grade 3 Native Diver in his latest, the eight-year-old will switch to turf for the Grade 2 San Marcos February 9.
Before Friday's 1ST race, O'Neill-trained He's Had Enough and Handsome Mike worked in company on Santa Anita's wet/fast track.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up He's Had Enough covered six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 with Mario Gutierrez, while older stablemate Handsome Mike clocked 1:11 under Tyler Baze.
"Handsome Mike was just kind of cruising when He's Had Enough came up alongside of him," said Doug's brother, Dennis. "Handsome Mike's a good work horse, but the other one still hasn't quite figured it out yet. Mario was really getting after him (He's Had Enough) to finish up.
"Handsome Mike was just breezing -- on the gallop-out, Handsome Mike was much the best."
The four-year-old Handsome Mike is scheduled to run against Game On Dude in next Sunday's Grade 2 San Antonio Stakes, a forerunner to the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap on March 2. The winner of last year's Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby, he was most recently fifth in the Grade 2 San Fernando.
He's Had Enough, a disappointing fifth in the CashCall Futurity last out, goes in Saturday's Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.
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