Hard Aces charged up the rail to win the $500,000 Gold Cup by a nose over
Hard Aces ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.46 and paid $17.80, $8 and $4.20 at 7-1 odds in earning his first graded stakes victory.
Earlier in the day, Espinoza appeared in the winner's circle with
Hoppertunity returned $5.60 and $3.40 as the 5-2 second choice. Argentina-bred Catch a Flight was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.40 to show.
In the $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, 5-year-old gelding Masochistic got his first Grade I victory, winning by 3 1/2 lengths as the even-money favorite. Ridden by Tyler Baze, Masochistic ran seven furlongs in 1:20.25 and paid $4.20, $3.20 and $2.80. In the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes, Fanticola won by a neck to claim her first graded stakes victory.