The $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (G1) at Betfair Hollywood Park, features the best older horses on the west coast. It is also a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Classic to be run at Santa Anita on November 3. A field of 7 went to post for this 1 1/4 mile Cushion Track feature on Saturday, under sunny skies and with temperatures in the low 80's. Californian (G2) and San Antonio (G2) stakes winner Game On Dude was sent off as the 2-5 favorite. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Richard's Kid, off his win in the Prove It Stakes after finishing fourth in the Godolphin Mile (G2), and 7-1 third choice Kettle Corn, second in the Californian (G2) after finishing third in the Mervyn Leroy (G2).
Jockey Victor Espinoza sent 20-1 Spud Spivens to the lead first time past the stands and set easy opening fractions of 24.18 and 47.71 while stalked by Game On Dude. At the 5/8 pole jockey Chantal Sutherland sent Game On Dude to challenge, easily taking over through 3/4 in 1:11.93. At the top of the stretch, Spud Spivens tired and dropped back as Game On Dude opened up by 3 lengths through 1 mile in 1:37.66. Richard's Kid, 6th early, came out wide for run but could not catch his stablemate, as Game On Dude finished up 1 1/2 lengths in front in 2:04.19. It was a long 6 1/4 lengths back to Kettle Corn third.