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Early Look At The Holy Bull Stakes

Posted by on 1/19/2015 9:33:42 PM

Sophomores in Florida will get their first chance to strut their stuff this weekend in the Holy Bull Stakes so let’s take a look at a couple of the probable runners with a glance back to the 2014 success.

The Grade 2 mile and a sixteenth fixture at Gulfstream Park will set the tone on the quality of the Eastern youngsters as they try to make strikes on the road to the Triple Crown.

The winner will earned 10 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby while the next 3 finishers will receive 4, 2, and 1 point respectively.

In 2013 Itsmyluckyday found the charm getting an ideal 3-hole trip to win going away with a 104 Beyer Speed Figure.

Last year Cairo Prince was coming off a very tough nose defeat in the Remsen at Aqueduct before he made his Gulfstream debut in the Holy Bull.

The Kiaran McLaughlin student sat 5th of 11 early on behind a :46.75 half-mile. He advanced steadily, had a 2-length lead at the top of the lane after a mile in 1:35.41 and completed the distance in 1:42.16 to win by nearly 6 lengths. He earned a 95 Beyer in the process.

Conquest Titan finished second with trouble. The runner broke slowly, looped the field, but could not catch the winner.

Going into the race Cairo Prince had a right to run big. He ran his eyeballs out in defeat in the Remsen when wide on both turns and he was giving the winner 6 pounds.

Also the 2014 Remsen was live as the show horse took the Grade 2 Jerome next out and the 5th finisher won a $134,000 stakes at Woodbine right back.

He had trained fast but then McLaughlin backed off of him a bit and it worked to perfection.

As for Conquest Titan, his style worked against him as when runners are speed challenged, they immediately lose and edge.

The connections of Bluegrass Singer are taking a serious look at the Holy Bull. He is a true horse for the course as all 3 of his wins have come at Gulfstream. He has clever speed and all of his wins have been wire-to-wire and he is coming off a win in a $100, 000 stakes with a 92 Beyer in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes.

Keen Ice is coming out of the same race that Cairo Prince did last year but he didn’t fare as well. He did get up for third but has trained forwardly in Florida including a best of 43 workout on January 11.

The Remsen second Frosted could be set to roll in the Holy Bull and he trainer, McLaughlin, is hoping for that déjà vu feeling.

This is a pretty serious horse. He hooked a nice runner in his debut in Bayerd, who came back to win 2 stakes including a $255,000 added-money event at Remingon.

Frosted graduated on the stretch out in a mile race and was getting to the winner in the Remsen when 8 lengths clear. The colt also has a right to have a nice career. Two of his siblings have already banked 6 figures and his dam was a Grade 2 winner that earned over $550,000.

Maybe more importantly, Frosted’s dam is also related to Grade 1 winner and over $1.5 million earner Midshipman.

Upstart is just that. The Empire-bred won his first 2 races, held his own the first time in open company with a solid second in the Grade 1 Champagne and then proved that was no fluke when he a troubled 3rd in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

These are just a few of the possibilities, look for a more detailed accounting later in the week.



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