Bet on the Santa Anita Gold Cup

Bet on the Santa Anita Gold Cup

With the closure of Hollywood Park, the prestigious Hollywood Gold Cup needed to find a new home and relocated to Santa Anita under the new moniker – the Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The history of the race is deep, going back to the inaugural running in 1938, and the race has showcased some of the greatest horses in the sport. The Grade 1 event holds a purse of $500,000 and is run at a mile and a quarter on the dirt in late June or early July each year.

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Santa Anita Gold Cup Betting Odds

The 2015 edition of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita drew a large, value-filled field. Catch a Flight (ARG), the lukewarm favorite at 2-1, finished third and Hard Aces at 8-1 stole the show over 3-1 Hoppertunity. The previous year, Majestic Harbor sprung a shocker at odds of almost 15-1. With a racebook like Bovada, players can get 3% win-or-lose rebates on all straight wagers and 5% back on exotics, which means you can get even more bang for your buck.

2016 Gold Cup Contenders

A wide open field of eight colts and geldings has been assembled for the 2016 Gold Cup at Santa Anita.

Hoppertunity, freshened since a competitive third-place finish in the Dubai World Cup (G1), has been tabbed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for trainer Bob Baffert. His strong performance was flattered when Frosted, behind him in Dubai, came back to win the Met Mile (G1) in stylish fashion. His last stateside victory came in the San Antonio (G2) at Santa Anita.

He will face some familiar competition including Melatonin at 7-2 and California stakes circuit regulars Imperative and Hard Aces. Melatonin has risen up the ladder and after pulling an upset win in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1), proved that was not a fluke with a runner-up effort in the Oaklawn Park Handicap (G2).

Here is the field for the Gold Cup at Santa Anita with morning line odds.

  1. Bal al Bali (BRZ), 9-2
  2. Second Summer, 4-1
  3. Hard Aces, 6-1
  4. Lieutenant Colonel, 8-1
  5. Win the Space, 20-1
  6. Hoppertunity, 3-1
  7. Melatonin, 7-2
  8. Imperative, 6-1

Did you know?

No jockey has been more dominant in the history of the Gold Cup than Hall of Fame rider Laffit Pincay, Jr. He won the race with Pleasure Seeker (1970), Ancient Title (1975), Crystal Water (1977), Affirmed (1979), Perrault (1982), Greinton (1985), Super Diamond (1986), Aptitude (2001) and with Sky Jack (2002). Charlie Whittingham saddled eight winners – Ack Ack (1971), Quack (1972), Kennedy Road (1973), Tree of Knowledge (1974), Exceller (1978), Perrault (1982), Greinton (1985) and Ferdinand (1987).

Only two horses have won the Gold Cup three times. The great Native Diver won the race from 1965-1967 and the hard-knocking, popular gelding Lava Man emulated that feat from 2005-2007.


The 1990s saw an influx of champions participating in the Gold Cup. Cigar, as part of his historic sixteen-race win streak, traveled from the East Coast to Hollywood Park in 1995 and won by 3 ½ lengths as the heavy favorite. Jerry Bailey was aboard that day and he also piloted champion Skip Away to an impressive victory in 1998.