INGLEWOOD, CALIF., JUNE 24 -- Criminal Type pushed his upset streak to three today when he beat 1989 horse of the year Sunday Silence by a head in the $1 million Hollywood Gold Cup.

With pacesetter Ruhlmann dropping off it, Criminal Type and Sunday Silence battled through the stretch to a photo finish.

"I don't think Sunday Silence ever got his head in front of us, and that's this horse's style," trainer D. Wayne Lukas added. "Criminal Type is never going to run off and be a Secretariat. It took me almost two years to get him so that he'd put his nose in front. . . . It's just now that he's getting that competitive, killer's instinct. Today he had his ears pinned, his nose out, and, of course, {jockey Jose Santos} was flailing the hell out of him."

Criminal Type, a 5-year-old son of Alydar, covered the 1 1/4 miles in 1:59 4/5.

Sunday Silence, making his second start as a 4-year-old since undergoing knee surgery in November, was ridden by Patrick Valenzuela at high weight of 126. Criminal Type carried 121.

Opening Verse was third, another 3 1/2 lengths back. Santangelo was fourth, 3 1/2 lengths in front of Ruhlmann.

Ruhlmann and Gary Stevens, as expected, set the pace. Ruhlmann, Criminal Type and Sunday Silence ran 1-2-3 down the backstrech, and were nearly abreast coming out of the turn for home.

"I thought I had him," said Valenzuela, who rode Sunday Silence to wins in the 1989 Kentucky Derby and Preakness. "I got real close to him, but that was all. The other horse got a neck in front of me and that was when I went to the whip. . . . My horse ran a super race, but I think the five pounds made the difference."

The second choice of the crowd of 30,010, Criminal Type returned $6.80, $2.60 and $2.10. Sunday Silence and Ruhlmann, coupled as a Charlie Whittingham-trained entry, paid $2.10 and $2.10.

The victory was worth $550,000 for owners Calumet Farm and Jurgen Arnemann, pushing Criminal Type's career earnings to $2.2 million.

Criminal Type was coming off two upsets; he beat Ruhlmann in the $1 million Pimlico Special on May 12 and then surprised Housebuster and Easy Goer in the Metropolitan Mile at Belmont on May 28.