Dust On the Bottle, last after the opening quarter mile and sixth after a mile, rallied through the stretch to win the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. III) by a length Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course. Sent off at nearly 39-1, the Glenn Hild-trained 5-year-old paid $79.40, $19.20, and $3 for his third consecutive win, all of which came in stakes races. Guided Tour finished second, a neck ahead of 1-2 favorite Golden Missile.
El Ballezano, entered to serve as a rabbit for stablemate Catienus, set a moderate early pace of :24.18 and :48.96 with Golden Missile tracking in second place. Golden Missile took the lead on the backstretch while running six furlongs in 1:12.84. The Joe Orseno-trained Golden Missile maintained a half-length lead over Guided Tour at both the quarter-mile and eighth-mile poles but lacked a late response as the winner went by, completing the 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.09 over a fast track.
Puerto Madero finished fourth, followed by Blazing Sword, Catienus, and Mula Gula. El Ballezano was eased.
The winner was ridden by Timothy Doocy and is owned by Sharon Hild, who bred the horse in Arkansas. The win was the fourth career stakes win for Dust On the Bottle (Temperence Hill--Princely Proof, by Princely Pleasure), and his first in a graded stakes. Prior to the Gold Cup, he won the Prairie Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap and the Buckpasser Stakes in succession. As a 4-year-old, he won the Sensitive Prince Stakes. The $300,000 winner's share of the purse nearly doubles his career bankroll, which now stands at $630,102. Dust On the Bottle has won 11 of 42 career starts and five of 15 on the year.
The winning exact combination paid $427. (Chart, Equibase