Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson and jockey Rafael Bejarano, outside, competes with Subtle Indian and Mike Smith at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif., Saturday, June 25, 2016. Lord Nelson won the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes. (Benoit Photo via AP)
AP Photo
June 26, 2016

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Melatonin won the $500,000 Gold Cup by 1 1/2 lengths Saturday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Melatonin ran 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.79 and paid $5.60, $4 and $3 as the 9-5 favorite. The 5-year-old gelding earned an automatic berth into the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at the track this fall.

Win the Space rallied three-wide outside of Melatonin turning for home and was head-to-head with the eventual winner inside the furlong pole. Win the Space returned $24.80 and $9.40 at 24-1 odds.

Defending champion Hard Aces was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $5 to show. Hoppertunity finished fourth.

Trained by David Hofmans, Melatonin led all the way to win the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 at 16-1 odds.

The victory, worth $300,000, increased Melatonin's career earnings to $1,218,552, with five wins in 13 starts. The gelding was limited to earnings of just $132,552 before this year because of a rare neurological disorder.

You May Like