Goldencents has been at the top of his sire-crop from the outset, and in 2021 he added a first G1 winner to his ledger to go along with a large number (and percentage) of winners. As a proven, solid stallion at an attractive price point, he makes a great match for the promising young broodmare Weekend Madness in 2022.
Weekend Madness received a big update when her 2YO half-brother Kavod won the Advent Stakes at Oaklawn late last year after having earlier placed in Belmont’s Tremont Stakes (and he looks to continue along the Oaklawn trail towards the Kentucky Derby this winter/spring). Kavod is by Lea, a son of First Samurai who himself sired Weekend Madness’s black-type placed sister Gran Brandy. First Samurai is a grandson of Storm Cat, whose most successful current conduit is reigning champion sire Into Mischief, the sire of Goldencents. So with a couple of stakes-caliber siblings already from this sire-line, we think it makes all the sense in the world to send Weekend Madness to a Storm Cat-line stallion.
Although TrueNicks gives the Harlan’s Holiday/Ack Ack cross a “no rating” designation, from just 19 runners on this broader cross there are a stakes winner and another black-type runner out of Include mares and by stallions from Goldencents’s sire-line. And the single foal by Goldencents himself out of an Include mare so far is a five-time winner of over $112k. So we are not put off at all by the nick “rating” here.
Physically we think this is a great match, too. The knock on Goldencents is that his offspring aren’t always the biggest and most substantive, but Weekend Madness is a tall, strong-bodied mare with plenty of bone, so she should counter that potential short-coming with no problem. And on proclivities, both Goldencents and Weekend Madness did their best running around a mile on dirt, so that is what we’d expect to get out of their foal when the time comes, as well.