The Gold Cup at Santa Anita
It ended in a photo finish. The Gold Cup at Santa Anita came down to 8-1 Hard Aces and 3-1 Hoppertunity in the final yards, with the longer shot getting his nose down on the wire at the crucial moment. Favored Catch a Flight finished third. Hronis Racing's Hard Aces, trained by John Sadler, earned his first Grade 1 victory and guaranteed entry into the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland on October 31 by sticking close to the rail throughout the race and gamely answering the runner-up's late challenge. With jockey Victor Espinoza aboard, Hard Aces completed the 1 1/4 mile race in 2:02.46 over a fast track, paying $17.80 to win.