A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, the Gold Cup will be run for the 73rd time Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. The track’s signature race is part of a stakes doubleheader, along with the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile, a Grade 2 for fillies and mares on turf. Entries for the Gold Cup and Royal Heroine will be taken Wednesday.
The Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’ race, meaning the Breeders’ Cup nominated winner will earn a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. Additionally, pre-entry and entry fees will be waived and the winning owner awarded a $10,000 travel allowance.
Owned by partnership that includes Joe Torre’s Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stable LLC and Bernie Schiappa and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Game On Dude will be trying to make up for a nose loss to stablemate First Dude in the 2011 Gold Cup.
Other probable participants and their weight assignments include the Baffert-trained, two-time Pacific Classic winner Richard’s Kid (120), Kettle Corn and Uh Oh Bango (117), Anthony’s Cross (115), Spud Spivens (114) and recent Vanity upsetter Love Theway Youare (112).
Should Love Theway Youare, a 4-year-old daughter of Arch owned by trainer Myung Kwon Cho, run Saturday she would be the first female to compete in the Gold Cup since Life Is Sweet, who finished third in 2009.
The last filly or mare to win the race was Princessnesian for owner William Haggin Perry and trainer James Maloney in 1968.
–Hollywood Park Publicity press release
Game on Dude/Benoit photo