Ridden by Glenn Corbett, Minister of Soul ($5.60) went head-to-head with 6-5 favorite Mr. Jagermeister thru early blistering splits of :21.45, 43.33 and :55.36 before the latter tired to finish third to eventual runner-up Never Give In in the field of five older horses.
Owned and trained by Esteban Martinez, Minister of Soul completed the 6-furlongs in 1:08.41, and was 3 ¼ lengths clear for his sixth win in 11 starts and his third – and arguably biggest - local stakes tally. His $46,500 for winning the Gold Cup boosted his lifetime earnings to $128,203.
Sun City Handicap
All jockey Scott Stevens had to do with the 4-5 favorite Medaglia Gold ($3.60) was, to secure the lead and the 4-year-old filly did the rest with her patented wire-to-wire style, posting a 2 ¼ length victory over Panoe with last year’s winner Paddy’s Secret third in the field of six fillies and mares.
Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and guided by the patient training style of Shawn Davis, Medaglia Gold covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:37.12, for her sixth win in 16 outings for earnings of $143,831.
Turf Paradise Handicap
Longshot Spooky Channel ($48.20) with Denny Velazquez aboard edged away in a three way tussle to defeat a determined 9-5 favorite Gato Guapo by a head with Cleanup Hitter a length behind in third in the field of nine older horses.
Owned by Terry Hamilton and trained Clay Brinson, Spooky Channel covered the 1 1/16 miles over the lawn in 1:42.61 for his third win in five efforts for $39,006.