Hollywood Gold Cup

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Grade I race
Hollywood Gold Cup
2007HollywoodGoldCup.jpg
Lava Man winning the 2007 Gold Cup
Location Hollywood Park Racetrack
Inglewood, California
Inaugurated 1938
Race type ThoroughbredFlat racing
Website Hollywood Park Racetrack
Race information
Distance 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds and up
Weight Handicap
Purse $750,000

The Hollywood Gold Cup is an American Grade I stakes race for thoroughbred horses inaugurated in 1938 at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. It was run as a handicap race until 1997, when it was switched to weight-for-age conditions. In 2005, the Gold Cup returned to the original handicap format.

The Hollywood Gold Cup is run over a distance of 1¼ miles on Cushion Track synthetic dirt and currently carries a purse of $750,000. It is open to three-year-olds and up and is one of the premier races[according to whom?] on the West Coast of the United States, along with the Santa Anita Handicap from Santa Anita Park, and the Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar Racetrack.

Only three fillies or mares have ever won the Hollywood Gold Cup. Happy Issue was the first in 1944, followed by Two Lea in 1952 and Princessnesian in 1968. [1]

Hollywood Park Racetrack opened its doors on June 10, 1938, and Seabiscuit, under jockey George Woolf, won the $50,000 added race's inaugural running on July 16.

The race was not run in 1942 or 1943, due to Hollywood Park being closed and used as an airplane parts storage depot during World War II.

In 1949, the Hollywood Gold Cup, as well as the entire 1949 meeting, was held at Santa Anita Park, due to a devastating fire at Hollywood Park on the night of May 5, 1949. Solidarity won the 1949 running on July 16. The Hollywood Park grandstand was rebuilt and the facility reopened in time for a two-part split 1950 season. The 1950 Hollywood Gold Cup, won by Noor, was held in the second part or Fall–Winter part of the split, on December 9, 1950. The following summer, the race returned to its usual mid-July running and Citation, in his final race, won the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 14, 1951, becoming the first thoroughbred racehorse to hit the career earnings mark of one million dollars.

In 1980, Mary Lou Tuck became the first woman trainer to win the Hollywood Gold Cup with Go West Young Man.

In 1999, the Blood-Horse magazine List of the Top 100 U.S. Racehorses of the 20th Century was published and there were fourteen horses on the list that had won the Hollywood Gold Cup: Citation, Affirmed, Round Table, Cigar, Swaps, Seabiscuit, Skip Away, Gallant Man, Challedon, Ack Ack, Native Diver, Noor, Two Lea and Exceller.

In the 73rd running of the Hollywood Gold Cup in 2012, Chantal Sutherland, aboard Game On Dude, became the first female jockey to win the race. The victory was a sweet vindication, as Game On Dude had also been Sutherland's mount in the previous year's running in 2011. Having finished second by a nose to First Dude, the tough loss had given Chantal the distinction of being the first female jockey to have a mount in the Hollywood Gold Cup, yet it would be the following year for the same jockey/horse pairing to take the prize.

Records[edit]

Time record:

  • 1:58.20 - Quack (1972) (on natural dirt) (New track record, equaled world record)
  • 2:00.75 - Rail Trip (2009) (on Cushion Track)

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 3 - Charles S. Howard (1938, 1939, 1950)
  • 3 - Calumet Farm (1951, 1952, 1990)
  • 3 - Louis K. Shapiro (1965, 1966, 1967)
  • 3 - STD Racing Stable/Jason Wood (2005, 2006, 2007)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Hollywood Gold Cup since 1938[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time
Grade
2013 Game On Dude 6 Mike E. Smith Bob Baffert Diamond Pride/Lanni Family Trust/Mercedes Stable/Schiappa 1-1/4 2:01.88 I
2012 Game On Dude 5 Chantal Sutherland Bob Baffert Diamond Pride/Lanni Family Trust/Mercedes Stable/Schiappa 1-1/4 2:04.19 I
2011 First Dude 6 Martin Garcia Bob Baffert Donald R. Dizney 1-1/4 2:01.57 I
2010 Awesome Gem 7 David Flores Craig Dollase WestPoint Thoroughbreds 1-1/4 2:03.31 I
2009 Rail Trip 4 Jose Valdivia, Jr. Ronald W. Ellis Jay Em Ess Stable 1-1/4 2:00.75 I
2008 Mast Track 4 Tyler Baze Robert J. Frankel Robert J. Frankel 1-1/4 2:01.37 I
2007 Lava Man 6 Corey Nakatani Doug O'Neill STD Racing/J. Wood 1-1/4 2:03.21 I
2006 Lava Man 5 Corey Nakatani Doug O'Neill STD Racing/J. Wood 1-1/4 2:01.16 I
2005 Lava Man 4 Pat Valenzuela Doug O'Neill STD Racing/J. Wood 1-1/4 1:59.63 I
2004 Total Impact 6 Mike E. Smith Laura de Seroux Prince Sultan al Kabeer 1-1/4 2:00.72 I
2003 Congaree 5 Jerry Bailey Bob Baffert Stonerside Stable 1-1/4 2:00.48 I
2002 Sky Jack 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Doug O'Neill Rene & Margie Lambert 1-1/4 2:01.73 I
2001 Aptitude 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1-1/4 2:01.79 I
2000 Early Pioneer 5 Victor Espinoza Vladimir Cerin David & Holly Wilson 1-1/4 2:01.40 I
1999 Real Quiet 4 Jerry Bailey Bob Baffert Michael E. Pegram 1-1/4 1:59.67 I
1998 Skip Away 5 Jerry Bailey Sonny Hine Carolyn Hine 1-1/4 2:00.16 I
1997 Gentlemen (ARG) 5 Gary Stevens Richard Mandella Randall Dee Hubbard 1-1/4 1:59.26 I
1996 Siphon 5 David Flores Richard Mandella Rio Claro Thoroughbreds 1-1/4 2:00.50 I
1995 Cigar 5 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott Allen E. Paulson 1-1/4 1:59.46 I
1994 Slew of Damascus 6 Gary Stevens Craig G. Roberts Naccarato, Harbeston & Losh[2] 1-1/4 2:00.76 I
1993 Best Pal 5 Corey Black Gary F. Jones Golden Eagle Farm 1-1/4 2:00.17 I
1992 Sultry Song 4 Jerry Bailey Patrick Kelly Live Oak Racing 1-1/4 2:00.23 I
1991 Marquetry 4 David Flores Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1-1/4 1:59.50 I
1990 Criminal Type 5 Jose Santos D. Wayne Lukas Calumet/J. K. Arnemann 1-1/4 1:59.80 I
1989 Blushing John 4 Pat Day Richard J. Lundy Allen E. Paulson 1-1/4 2:00.40 I
1988 Cutlass Reality 6 Gary Stevens Craig A. Lewis H. Crash/J. Hankoff 1-1/4 1:59.40 I
1987 Ferdinand 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Elizabeth A. Keck 1-1/4 2:00.60 I
1986 Super Diamond 6 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Edwin J. Gregson Roland Sahm 1-1/4 2:00.40 I
1985 Greinton 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles Whittingham Mary J. Bradley et al. 1-1/4 1:58.40 I
1984 Desert Wine 4 Chris McCarron Jerry M. Fanning T90 Ranch 1-1/4 2:00.40 I
1983 Island Whirl 3 Ed Delahoussaye Laz Barrera Elcee-H Stable 1-1/4 1:59.40 I
1982 Perrault 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Charles Whittingham T. van Zuylen/S. Fradkoff 1-1/4 1:59.20 I
1981 Eleven Stitches 4 Sandy Hawley Donn Luby Morey & Claudia Mirkin 1-1/4 2:04.00 I
1980 Go West Young Man 5 Ed Delahoussaye Mary Lou Tuck Wild Plum Farm 1-1/4 1:58.80 I
1979 Affirmed 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm 1-1/4 1:58.40 I
1978 Exceller 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Nelson Bunker Hunt 1-1/4 1:59.20 I
1977 Crystal Water 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Roger Clapp Connie M. Ring 1-1/4 2:00.00 I
1976 Pay Tribute 4 Marco Castaneda Ron McAnally Elmendorf Farm 1-1/4 1:58.80 I
1975 Ancient Title 5 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Keith L. Stucki, Sr. Kirkland Stable 1-1/4 1:59.20 I
1974 Tree of Knowledge 4 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Pin Oak Stud 1-1/4 1:59.80 I
1973 Kennedy Road 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Helen G. Stollery 1-1/4 1:59.40 I
1972 Quack 3 Donald Pierce Charles Whittingham Bwamazon Farm 1-1/4 1:58.20
1971 Ack Ack 5 Bill Shoemaker Charles Whittingham Buddy Fogelson 1-1/4 1:59.80
1970 Pleasure Seeker 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Carl Vandervoort, Jr. Carl Vandervoort, Jr. 1-1/4 1:59.40
1969 Figonero 4 Alvaro Pineda Warren Stute Clement L. Hirsch 1-1/4 1:58.80
1968 Princessnesian 4 Donald Pierce James W. Maloney William Haggin Perry 1-1/4 1:59.80
1967 Native Diver 8 Jerry Lambert Buster Millerick Louis K. Shapiro 1-1/4 1:58.80
1966 Native Diver 7 Jerry Lambert Buster Millerick Louis K. Shapiro 1-1/4 2:00.00
1965 Native Diver 6 Jerry Lambert Buster Millerick Louis K. Shapiro 1-1/4 2:00.20
1964 Colorado King 5 Ray York Wally Dunn Poltex Stable 1-1/4 2:00.40
1963 Cadiz 7 Eddie Burns Robert L. Wheeler Vicgray Farm 1-1/4 1:59.60
1962 Prove It 5 Henry Moreno Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1-1/4 2:00.00
1961 Prince Blessed 4 Johnny Longden James I. Nazworthy Kerr Stable 1-1/4 1:59.80
1960 Dotted Swiss 4 Eddie Burns Robert L. Wheeler C. V. Whitney 1-1/4 1:59.40
1959 Hillsdale 4 Tommy Barrow Martin L. Fallon, Jr. Clarence Whitted Smith 1-1/4 1:59.20
1958 Gallant Man 4 Bill Shoemaker John A. Nerud Ralph Lowe 1-1/4 2:01.60
1957 Round Table 3 Bill Shoemaker William Molter Kerr Stable 1-1/4 1:58.60
1956 Swaps 4 Bill Shoemaker Mesh Tenney Rex C. Ellsworth 1-1/4 1:58.60
1955 Rejected 5 Gordon Glisson William J. Hirsch King Ranch 1-1/4 1:59.60
1954 Correspondent 4 Eddie Arcaro Wally Dunn Mrs. Gordon Guiberson 1-1/4 2:00.80
1953 Royal Serenade 5 Johnny Longden Vance Longden Alberta Ranches, Ltd. 1-1/4 2:00.80
1952 Two Lea 6 Steve Brooks Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1-1/4 2:00.20
1951 Citation 6 Steve Brooks Horace A. Jones Calumet Farm 1-1/4 2:01.00
1950 Noor 5 Johnny Longden Burley Parke Charles S. Howard 1-1/4 1:59.80
1949 Solidarity 4 Ralph Neves Carl A. Roles Bernice Curland Goldstone 1-1/4 2:01.20
1948 Shannon 7 Johnny Adams William Molter Neil S. McCarthy 1-1/4 2:01.60
1947 Cover Up 4 Robert Permane Ross Brinson Zack Addington 1-1/4 2:00.00
1946 Triplicate 5 Basil James Clyde Phillips Fred Astaire 1-1/4 2:00.40
1945 Challenge Me 4 Anthony Skoronski Dan Cataldo Brolite Farm 1-1/4 2:00.40
1944 Happy Issue 4 Hedley Woodhouse Jean Charles Pinon Happy Stable 1-1/4 2:01.60
1943 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race 0:00.00
1942 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race 0:00.00
1941 Big Pebble 5 Jack Westrope William Finnegan Circle M. Ranch 1-1/4 2:02.60
1940 Challedon 4 George Woolf Louis J. Schaefer William L. Brann 1-1/4 2:02.00
1939 Kayak II 4 George Woolf Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 1-1/4 2:02.60
1938 Seabiscuit 5 George Woolf Tom Smith Charles S. Howard 1-1/4 2:03.80

* † In 2001, Futural won the race but was disqualified for interference.

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