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Hard Aces Wins Gr1 Santa Anita Gold Cup
At Santa Anita Park in the US, Gr1-winning Darley shuttler & 2007 Gr1 Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun (Danzig-Turkish Tryst, by Turkoman) celebrated a Gr1 success when 5YO entire Hard Aces (Hard Spun-All in With Aces, by Quiet American) scored by a nose for trainer John Sadler in the US$500,000 Gr1 Santa Anita Gold Cup (10 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 4YO entire Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday-Refugee, by Unaccounted For) & fellow 5YO entire Catch A Flight (Giant's Causeway-Callaia, by Lode). This was the maiden Gr1 victory for Hard Aces who took his record to 6 wins (including the Listed Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds) and 10 placings from 23 starts for US$592,145 earnings. The Gold Cup victory gives Hard Aces an automatic entry in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland later in the year.