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Hawthorne Race Course

Hawthorne Racecourse (9/19/08)

Contact: Mitch Demick (708) 222-4542

Star-Studded list of Nominees for 72nd Hawthorne Gold Cup

Nominations are complete for the Gold Cup, no, not the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but the venerable Grade II $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup, which will be run on Saturday, September 27. The 72nd edition of Hawthorne’s signature fall race has 20 nominees, including defending champion Student Council, and last year’s third place finisher, A.P. Arrow.

Who actually races in the one-mile and one-quarter dirt race will be determined next week, but the quality of the field may shape up to be first rate.

Trainer Steve Asmussen may not have nominated Curlin (you can find him in that other ‘Gold Cup’), but he has graded winners Magna Graduate and Zanjero on the list of possible starters, in addition to the aforementioned Student Council.

Todd Pletcher, who trains A.P. Arrow, has also nominated Fairbanks, a recent winner at Saratoga, and a runner-up in the inaugural Bill Hartack Memorial Handicap this past spring at Hawthorne.

The talented duo of Grasshopper and Mambo in Seattle were nominated from the Neil Howard barn, and even the 9-year-old multi-millionaire Perfect Drift (2003 winner) from Richard Mandella’s stable, looms a potential starter.

The history of the Hawthorne Gold Cup is rich and deep, with such notable winners as Dr. Fager, Kelso, Round Table, Black Tie Affair and Awesome Again, just to name a few of the superstars who have kept this race a meaningful event in American racing.

In 1998 Awesome Again parlayed his Gold Cup victory into a Breeders’ Cup Classic triumph to cap an undefeated season.

Hawthorne Race Course will begin its Fall/Winter Thoroughbred meet on Friday, September 26, 2008 and continue through January 11, 2009. Post time on Fridays through November 28 will be at 2:35 pm central time. Post time on all other cards will be 1:35 pm central time. Dark days will be Mondays and Tuesdays. We are located at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue, Cicero, IL 60804. Call (708) 780-3700 or visit the Web site at




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