General Challenge 9-5 Gold Cup Favorite

Golden Eagle Farm's General Challenge was established as the 9-5 morning-line favorite Thursday for Sunday's 61st running of the $1-million Sempra Energy Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). The chestnut gelding with four white socks will be ridden by Corey Nakatani and drew post position seven in the nine-horse field for the 1 1/4-mile race. Out Of Mind is the 5-2 morning-line second choice, with both Cat Thief and Chester House next at 5-1.

The Gold Cup is part of the "NTRA Champions on FOX" series and will be broadcast live by the network as part of a one-hour program beginning at 5 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. All horses carry 124 pounds. The field for the Gold Cup, with jockeys and morning-line odds, will be:

1--Cat Thief, Pat Day, 5-1
2--David, Aaron Gryder, 12-1
3--Pleasant Breeze, Jorge Chavez, 20-1
4--Early Pioneer, Victor Espinoza, 15-1
5--Chester House, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1
6--Big Ten, Alex Solis, 12-1
7--General Challenge, Corey Nakatani, 9-5
8--Blueprint, Chris McCarron, 15-1
9--Out Of Mind, Eddie Delahoussaye, 5-2

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