The Gold Cup at Santa Anita

Challenge Series Races
Saturday, June 27, 2015 At 
8:00pm - 9:00pm
ET  
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.
Hard Aces wins the Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27, 2015

Final Finish Order

Horse

Final Odds

1

Hard Aces

7.90

2

Hoppertunity

2.90

3

Catch a Flight

1.70*

4

Finnegans Wake

8.10

5

Big Cazanoa

47.20

6

Lideris

64.60

7

Majestic City

26.00

8

Moreno

4.20

9

Poshsky

107.20

10

Motown Men

15.90

11

Batti Man

105.70