Goldencents won the $100,000 Sham Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday, giving trainer Doug O'Neill a promising 3-year-old on the Triple Crown trail a year after he saddled I'll Have Another to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
Ridden by Kevin Krigger, Goldencents ran one mile in 1:36.50 and paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10.
Den's Legacy was second and returned $2.60 and $2.10, while Manando was another half-length back and paid $2.20 to show. Both are trained by Bob Baffert, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner. Dry Summer was fourth and Dirty Swagg finished last.
Goldencents has three wins in four starts, with his only loss coming to Shanghai Bobby in the Champagne Stakes last fall at Belmont Park.
The colt is co-owned by Rick Pitino, coach of the Louisville basketball team.