|Contact: Jim Miller
Gold Cup Upgraded to Grade 2
STICKNEY, IL -- Following the meeting of the American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Hawthorne Race Course is pleased to announce that the Hawthorne Gold Cup has been upgraded to Grade 2 status for the 2001 racing season.
Repositioned in 1997 by Racing Secretary Gary Duch, the Gold Cup has served as a top prep for horses on their way to the Breeders' Cup Championship. Gold Cup winners such as Buck's Boy and Awesome Again have gone on to win Breeders' Cup events and Golden Missile, second in the 1999 Gold Cup, finished third in the Classic in his next start. In 2000, the top three finishers in the Gold Cup all went on to compete for racing's top prize in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Duch states, "This is due to the hard work of our racing department and when we repositioned the race to serve as a Breeders' Cup prep, this (an upgrade) was one of our goals."
Hawthorne's Director of Operations, Thomas F. Carey III adds, "I'm very pleased the Graded Stakes Committee awarded Grade 2 status to the Gold Cup. This is a race that has attracted top thoroughbreds from across the nation and has gained national attention. As Hawthorne looks forward to the future, we will continue to focus on the top quality of thoroughbred racing that we provide to the fans."
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