Bred: WinStar Farm (Ky.)
Dam: Business Plan, by Deputy Minister
It took the son of Speightstown a few tries to break his maiden, but after securing that win in his sixth career start, he promptly finished second to Prospective by three-quarters of a length in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. Golden Ticket briefly wrested the lead from Prospective in the stretch, but Prospective dug in and moved back in front.
Golden Ticket secured his first career stakes win when he finished in a dead heat with Alpha in the 2012 Grade 1 Travers Stakes, the first official dead heat in the 143-year history of the race.
The colt finished third in the Grade 2 Pennyslvania Derby, secured second place in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap, and accomplished a win in the Prairie Meadows Handicap. Golden Ticket finished second in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile under jockey Joel Rosario.
Golden Ticket, who is out of the Deputy Minister mare Business Plan, sold for $100,000 at the 2011 Keeneland April 2-year-old in training sale.