Client Success: Goldencents Gelding Stays Undefeated on Turf



Tatanka (g, 3, Goldencents–Appealing Cat, by Successful Appeal

Tatanka (g, 3, Goldencents–Appealing Cat, by Successful Appeal):  Lifetime Record: 7-3-0-0, $68,718. O-Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch; B-Spendthrift Farm, LLC (KY); T-Bret Calhoun

Tatanka had to survive a five-minute inquiry in the turf allowance feature race Saturday night, but after looking at the replay, the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission stewards determined there wasn’t enough evidence to disqualify the horse from the victory.

Jockey David Cabrera was in the saddle for the win for trainer Bret Calhoun and owners Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch of Dallas. As Tatanka turned for home on the turf course in the 1-1/16th mile race, the 3-year-old gelded son of Goldencents was on the inside of rival Brock on By in the two-path. There was some question as to whether the two horses bumped but the judges ruled there was no hindrance that cost Brock on By the race.

Tatanka, out of the Successful Appeal mare Appealing Cat, finished a half-length up on Brock on By, who was another half-length ahead of third-place finisher Cairo Warrior. The post-time favorite was U S Navy Cross at 5-2 odds and he ran fourth in the contentious race.

The Goldencents gelding, bred in Kentucky by Spendthrift Farm, earned the $21,678 purse money for the win and improved his record to seven starts with three wins and $68,718 in his bankroll. He is now three-for-three lifetime over grass and has earned $62,478 on the turf.

Tatanka posted a winning time of 1:42.19 over the firm course and he made every pole a winning one, setting interior fractions of :22.94 for the first quarter-mile, :47.35 for the half-mile, 1:11.84 for three-quarters of a mile and 1:36.15 for the mile. He was sent off at 7-2 odds and returned $9.60 to win, $5.20 to place and $3.80 to show.

The colt’s dam, Appealing Cat (Successful Appeal), is a stakes winning, graded stakes placed earner of $266,453. Her record of 20-5-3-4 was primarily obtained going long on the turf that accounted for four of her wins.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch, purchased Tatanka at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the consignment of Eaton Sales.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

OPTIMAL Mating Factors for 2019 Goldencents – Appealing Cat colt

  • Outcross Percentage = 80% (OPTIMAL >= 70%)
  • Linebreeding Balance = 0 (OPTIMAL <= 10)
  • 2nd Generation Linebreeding Balance = 10 (OPTIMAL <= 17)
  • Grand sire/Grand dam Pair Percentage = 6% (OPTIMAL <= 17%)
  • Gender-balanced Linebreeding Difference = 0 (OPTIMAL <= 2)
  • Number of Dominant Runner Female Families = 6 (OPTIMAL >= 4)
  • Number of Dominant Sire Female Families = 1 (OPTIMAL >= 1)

NOTE: All 7 factors are met.

Key Linebreedings

  • 6×5 Hail to Reason – through sons Stop the Music & Roberto
    • Similar to SW Silvercents (Goldencents)
  • 6×6 Halo – through daughters Country Romance & Glorious Song
  • 6×5 His Majesty – through daughters Battle Creek Girl & Andover Way
  • 5×6 Mr. Prospector – through sons Forty Niner & Northern Prospect
  • 6×6,6 Northern Dancer – through sons Nijinsky II, Staff Writer & Night Shift

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