By BETH HARRIS
AP Racing Writer
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Trainer Doug O'Neill is headed back to the Kentucky Derby a year after winning it, and this time, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is along for the ride.
Goldencents won the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby over even-money favorite Flashback by 1¼ lengths on Saturday not long before Pitino's team rallied to beat Wichita State 72-68 at the Final Four in Atlanta to complete the horse-loving coach's sporting daily double.
"These are the races you want to be a part of," said O'Neill, whose I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness last year. "This horse has been such a cool horse. I don't think those big crowds and all the people at the Derby will be a factor for him, so I'm pumped."
In New York, Verrazano won the $1 million Wood Memorial by three-quarters of a length for trainer Todd Pletcher, keeping the colt undefeated going into the first Saturday in May.
Goldencents had it easier.
Ridden by Kevin Krigger, the brown colt ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.76. He paid $15, $5.40 and $3.40 at 6-1 odds. He could become the first black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby since Jimmy Winkfield won his second in 1902.