Gallant Stables' longshot Majestic Harbor launched a sustained move in the far turn, flew past fading favorite Game On Dude, and only added to his advantage in the stretch to post a 6 ¼-length victory in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes.
Game On Dude, who topped the first edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2014, heads the seven-horse field for the 75th renewal of the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Handicap June 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Imperative pounced on a softened-up Game On Dude rounding the final turn and proved best in the drive to land a $1 million payday at odds of 26-1 in the Charles Town Classic April 19 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
Considered one of the top older horses in the world, two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude heads a field of seven in the $300,000 San Antonio Stakes in his 2014 debut Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
If Will Take Charge hadn't secured an Eclipse Award as the nation's top 3-year-old already, his determined head victory over multiple Grade 1 winner Game On Dude in the Clark Handicap Nov. 29 certainly wrapped it up.
Multiple Grade 1 winner Game On Dude and Travers Stakes victor Will Take Charge both drew well, considering their respective racing styles, when post positions were assigned for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap.