That preceding race was certainly a tune-up for Noor as he readied for venue's marquee race. The same could be said for Assault, who was also entered. They were not that close to start with in their return engagement. Noor reverted back to staying well off the pace, and Assault tracked the leaders. But the result turned out to be the same. Noor was given a quick pace to work with, and he used the advantage in full, storming through the field to become a member of the Big 'Cap/Gold Cup club, sweeping both races. Assault's day did not go as well, for he faded to seventh.
The Hollywood Gold cup turned out to be the career finale for each horse, and both had made their respective marks on their sport. Assault retired as the seventh Triple Crown winner, easily giving him immortal status among Thoroughbreds. But Noor carved a unique piece of turf history for himself.