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Late Runs Pay Big Dividends

If there had been a more popular longshot stakes winner at Hawthorne, it hasn't occurred in recent memory. When Sharon Hild's 38-1 Dust On the Bottle, the longest-priced member of the field, crossed the finish line first in the $500,000 Grade 3 Hawthorne Gold Cup there was a huge roar. One had to look around to make sure that 1-2 shot Golden Missile hadn't somehow regained the lead. He hadn't. The cacophony emanated from friends and family of popular local conditioner Glenn Hild who had just scored.

"This is the biggest win of my career. We won some $100,000 races but that was nothing in comparison to this one. He's nominated to the Breeders' Cup and we'll take a look at it but it's doubtful that he'll run there."

Tim Doocy, astride Dust On the Bottle had taken advantage of a stretch duel between Golden Missile and 8-1 Guided Tour. While those two were battling in the middle of the track, Doocy steered fast-closing Dust On the Bottle to the rail, which had been playing fast all day, and ran by to take a one-length lead crossing the wire.

Kent Desormeaux, aboard beaten favorite Golden Missile, could offer no excuses. "Everything went really well. When we turned for home at the end of the lane, I hadn't asked him to run yet. I had gotten to the lead fairly easy. When the competition engaged I asked him to go on but there was no response."

Longshot players weren't disappointed in the $250,000 Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby. Goodman & Pregman's Rumsonontheriver, at 54-1 the longest shot on the board, came from last in the first quarter to dead-heat with Nip & Goldsher's free running Hymn (3-1) for the victory.

"I had a good trip," said Laffit Pincay, rider of Hymn." "The only thing, my horse tried to play stubborn with me and wouldn't listen. I had to fight him a little bit but he run good, you know. He tried."

Rumsonontheriver's jockey, Alfredo Juarez Jr. did everything right. "When he made the big move I thought he was going to win easy. But the track was a little soft. When I tapped him with the left hand he moved his head up a little bit. Maybe that cost us the race but we still got the dead heat."

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