Headache won the 75th running of the Grade 2 $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup, beating Where's Sterling by a half-length Saturday.
Headache, ridden by Paco Lopez, ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:04 3-5 and $12.60, $6.00 and $4.40. Headache also won the Grade 3 Cornhusker in June at Prairie Meadows.
Where's Sterling returned $7.40 and $5.80, and Cease paid $4.40 to show.
''I had a little trouble around the five-eighths,'' Lopez said. ''I had to wait a little. I also saw a couple of horses waiting on the inside. But once we got clear around 4 1/2 furlongs out, I went after it. I saw the No. 8 (Where's Sterling) and the 10 (Giant Oak) coming along with Cease, but I was able to hold them off.''
Favorite Giant Oak was fifth.
''They went so slow early,'' jockey Jesus Castanon said. ''I got pushed pretty good on the first turn and that got my horse upset. He wanted to go after them. I got him settled down on the backside and then he went fine. He made a move but they went away from him.''