Lava Man (right) winning his 3rd consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup (Charles Pravata).
Lava Man ties Native Diver’s record of 3 consecutive wins of the Hollywood Gold Cup in a thrilling stretch battle with A.P. Xcellent and a fast closing long shot Big Booster (pictured on the left)!
In an interview on ESPN, one of the three owners said they would not race him outside of Cali again (we’ll see about that). A.P Xcellent stepped up nicely, perhaps we’ll see more great stuff from him. Molengao tired in the stretch, he made a nice move about half way through the back stretch and was coming on at the top of the stretch but had run 3 or 4 wide. I think Big Booster closed from pretty far back, I’ll have to watch the replay but he came on strong.
What a great way to end the racing day!