Hollywood Gold Cup | PURSE: $500,000 | 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UP | GRADE 1 | 1 1/4-MILES
Odds-on choice Game On Dude repelled a major challenge from stablemate Richard's Kid to make Chantal Sutherland the first female jockey to win the Hollywood Gold Cup July 7 in its 73rd running at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Trainer Bob Baffert finished first and second in the $500,0000 Hollywood Gold Cup for the second year in a row. Game On Dude, the 2-5 favorite in the field of seven, avenged a nose loss to the Baffert-trained First Dude in last year's renewal of Hollywood's signature race.
Sutherland was the first female jockey to ride in the Gold Cup last year aboard Game On Dude.
Owned by a partnership that includes Joe Torre's Diamond Pride, Lanni Family Trust, Ernie Moody's Mercedes Stable, and Bernie Schiappa, Game On Dude won at teh 1 1/4-mile distance for the second time in his career following the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap.
His victory makes him the early favorite for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park Nov. 3. The Gold Cup is a Breeders' Cup Challenge race for the Classic and guarantees the 5-year-old Awesome Again gelding an all-expenses slot in the starting berth.
Richard's Kid, who made a big move at the winner on the far turn, was a clear second, with Kettle Corn third. The final time was a slow 2:04.19 over the Cushion Track.