Bet on the Phoenix Gold Cup

Bet on the Phoenix Gold Cup

Run consecutively since 1976, the Phoenix Gold Cup is considered the highest profile race of the Turf Paradise meeting. Held in mid-February each year, the race regularly attracts the top local sprinters and held grade 3 status from 1983-1997. The Phoenix Gold Cup annually attracts an ample amount of wagering attention from around the country and is currently run for a purse of $75,000. 

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Playing the Phoenix Gold Cup Odds

It’s not often a defending race winner goes to the post at double digit odds, but that was the case in the 2015 Phoenix Gold Cup, with Absolutely Cool going off at 14-1. When he hit the wire in front, the tote lit up to the tune of a $28.60 Win, and combined with 17-1 Valiant Flame, a $2 exacta paid $236.80. You can get great odds and cash back on top of all your straight wagers and exotics (win or lose) when you place your bets with Bovada, our top-rated racebook.

2016 Phoenix Gold Cup Contenders

The 2015 Phoenix Gold Cup featured a competitive field of nine including the classy eight year-old gelding, Absolutely Cool, who won the race in 2014 and finished second back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013. Not that bettors gave the ageless wonder a serious chance. Entering the Phoenix Gold Cup on a six-race losing streak and appearing to have his best days behind him. Absolutely Cool lagged far off the early pace and remained dead last turning for home. But with blistering fractions up front, the speed began to fade, and Absolutely Cool kicked into gear while making a wide move under jockey Rocco Bowen to score by a half length at the wire, out-closing the game Valiant Flame.

2015 Order of Finish:              Win       Place    Show

1st: Absolutely Cool                  $28.60    $12.40   $6.00

2nd: Valiant Flame                                   $16.00   $9.40

3rd:  Omar                                                             $4.20

(Also Ran: Lotsa, Ankeny Hill, Magic D’Oro, Pimpernel, Castletown)

For 2016 Phoenix Gold Cup contenders, check back closer to race day!

Did you know?

Absolutely Cool’s victory in 2015 made him one of only two repeat winners. Answer Do also won consecutive editions of the Phoenix Gold Cup in 1991 and 1992. The Phoenix Gold Cup purse was reduced from $100,000 to $75,000 in 2010; the race was run at the five furlong distance from 1976-1980 before being switched to its current distance of six furlongs. The 2015 Phoenix Gold Cup marked the 59th running of the race.