The 6-5 favorite Ohio (BRZ), shipping in from Santa Anita for trainer Michael McCarthy, was deftly handled by local jockey Luis Fuentes, and overcame the pace-setting Overdue with Popular Kid third in the field of eight older horses.
Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Ohio ($4.80), who was notching his unprecedented third consecutive victory in this race, covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:37.27.
Meanwhile, Chief Cicatriz ($3.80) made his own history by becoming the first three-time winner in the 65 year history of the Gold Cup. Owned by Roy Evans, trained by Shawn Davis and ridden to victory by Alfredo Juarez, Jr., the 8-year-old gelding covered the 6-furlongs in 1:08.83 for his 16th lifetime win.
Finishing second behind Chief Cicatriz was the hard-charging Raagheb and third former Gold Cup winner Minister of Soul in the compact field of five.
In the two supporting stakes: The California shipper and Robert Hess, Jr.-trained favorite Its My House ($6.20) with Glenn Corbett aboard, out-gammed Tony’s Tapit with Saturday’s Value third to win the $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby in the field of 11 3-year-olds.
The winner, owned by Larry Katz, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.05.
Longshot Don’tpassthepepper ($17.40) with Leslie Mawing up was a nose the best over Gemstone Gal with Focus First third to win the $50,000 Arizona Oaks.
Owned by Roys Mansur and trained by Ed Kereluk, Don’tpassthepepper covered the one mile in 1:38.75.