Bet on The Hawthorne Gold Cup
First contested in 1928, the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap is currently a $350,000 Grade 2 race for three-year-olds and up going 1 1/4 miles on the dirt at Hawthorne Race Course. Historically the race has been run in November, although there was no race in 1934 and 1936, as well in the years 1940-45 or in 1978 when the grandstand at Hawthorne was destroyed in a fire. While Hawthorne was being rebuilt, the 1979 race was held at Sportsman’s Park and run at 1 1/8 miles. The record time for the race is 1:59.80, set by Gladwin in 1970 and equalled by Group Plan in 1974.
Hawthorne Gold Cup Racebooks
As you can see from the table below, we’ve partnered with some of the best and most highly regarded online racebooks around, to give you several options when you plan your wagering strategy for the Hawthorne Gold Cup – or any other major race!
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Hawthorne Gold Cup Betting Odds
Overlooked somewhat in the 2014 Gold Cup, Red Rifle won at odds of 6-1, followed home by 5-1 Mister Nardi Gras and 22-1 Call Me Georg. It was just the kind of result exotic bettors like as the $2 trifecta paid more than $1300! You can make alll kinds of exotic bets like exactas, trifectas, Daily Doubles and more through Bovada’s online racebook.
Hawthorne Gold Cup Contenders
Todd Pletcher’s Commissioner is looking like the class of the field heading into the 2015 Hawthorne, and has been awarded favored 9-5 status prior to the race accordnig to the morning line odds. A winner of two out of six starts this year, both Grade 3 events, he has struggled in his last two to finish off the board and is looking to rebound. Second choice in the betting is 7-2 Neck ‘n’ Neck, a six-year-old wiht a handful of graded-stakes placings over his career, including a win in the (G3) Greenwood Cup in September. At 4-1, Majestic Harbor has been knocking on the door at this level recently and may benefit from a cutback in distance.
Entries and ML Odds
1) Majestic Harbor (4-1)
2) Lashad (20-1)
3) Valiant City (6-1)
4) Neck ‘n’ Neck (7-2)
5) Fordubai (12-1)
6) Mister Mardi Gras (8-1)
7) Commissioner (9-5)
8) Street Spice (15-1)
Did you know?
The first race was won by Display, who two years earlier had won the Preakness Stakes. This was followed by three straight wins by US Racing Hall of Fame member Sun Beau, who was also three times named the US Champion Older Male Horse (1929-31). Although no other horse has managed three Gold Cup wins, Round Table (1957-58), No Double (1968-69) and Cryptoclearance (1988-89) all managed back-to-back wins. That first win by Cryptoclearance also established the largest winning margin in the race at 10 lengths. Cryptoclearance would go on to sire Valponi, who won the 2002 Breeders’ Cup Classic at odds of 44-1.