Arcadia, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending two-time winner Game On Dude is one of nine older racehorses nominated for the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Saturday, June 28.
The Gold Cup is a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" race which gives the winner a guaranteed spot in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic this year on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
The 1 1/4-mile Gold Cup was formerly the Hollywood Gold Cup conducted at Hollywood Park which closed last December.
Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude won last year's Gold Cup in front running fashion by a length over Kettle Corn with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith riding. The gelding, co-owned by Joe Torre, won the 2012 renewal with Chantal Sutherland in the saddle.
Also nominated is last year's fourth-place finisher Clubhouse Ride along with Footbridge, Fury Kapcori, Charles Town Classic winner Imperative, Lideris, Majestic Harbor, Salto Del Indio and Sky Kingdom, third last year behind Game On Dude.