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Hollywood Gold Cup Betting - Mining for Gold

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 7/5/2012 3:15:34 PM


Who: Thoroughbreds – Game on Dude (key in trifecta) Richard’s Kid, Kettle Corn, Spud Spivens, Anthony’s Cross (under).
What: Horse Racing Betting Tips – The Hollywood Gold Cup
Where: Hollywood Park
When: Saturday July 7

Prospectors on the West Coast will be mining for online betting gold on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park as the track cards the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.
The mile and a quarter race is a ‘Win and You’re In’ and automatically earning a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic as long as the runner has been nominated.
The former winners of this fixture reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of racing. Seabiscuit won the inaugural running. Citation heard the cheers, as did Affirmed, Round Table, Cigar Swaps Gallant Man, Exceller, Lava Man and Native Dancer.
Last year First Dude came from fifth to beat stablemate Game on Dude by a nose with a 106 Beyer.

Game on Dude was assigned 124 pounds for the Saturday race. He proved by winning the Californian on June 2 that the poor race in the Dubai World Cup did not zap his online sportsbook energy.
Under Chantel Sutherland, he made the lead early and extended it to cash by 7 and a quarter lengths.

Double Pacific Classic winner Richard’s Kid will tote 4 pounds less. Kid was third in this race two years ago and he comes to the race on the top of his game after winning an ideal prep going away.

Anthony’s Cross was given 2 pounds less. Anthony’s Cross surprised by a nose in the Grade 2 Lewis early in the year but has been dull since. He didn’t get the best of trips at Golden Gate in last but the Beyers are going in the right direction and he seems to have some upside to him.

Kettle Corn has the two races to draw from now and he was far from disgraced chasing Game on Dude last time. A Grade 3 winner on this surface, he has trained steadily and fast for this opportunity.

Thirtyfirststreet has only won a $62,000 optional this year. Proven locally, but this is a tougher crew than beaten foes in the Texas stakes last year.

Spud Spivens will tote 10 pounds less than the top weight. Spud is a horse for the course but he seems to be well over his head.

Vanity winner Love Theway You Are will be the first female to compete in this race in three years and the last miss to win the Gold Cup was Princessnesian in 1968.

So how does it unfold?

It just may be a case of catch me if you can. Only two horses have legit speed and they are both trained by Bob Baffert. Richard’s Kid can be placed anywhere and would expect him to stalk rather than gun for the lead and that just may make it easier for stablemate Game on Dude.

And the good thing for Dude is that he doesn’t absolutely need the lead to win. He won the Santa Anita Handicap last year after sitting third early and if another runner is intent on the top, he can adapt.

Key Dude on top with Richard’s Kid, Kettle Corn, Anthony’s Cross and Spud Spivens in the best sports betting sites trifecta.

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