Valhol, confidently ridden by Robby Albarado, won Saturday night's running of the $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup at Sam Houston Park.
Fifty Stars is one of two Steve Asmussen trainees slated for the Gold Cup, while Dallas Keen and James Jackson try to replicate the 2000 win by Allen's Oop with Valhol.
Graded stakes winner Allen's Oop has been retired from racing after injuring a tendon in his left front leg during a workout at Fair Grounds on Feb. 7.
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