Holy Bull Stakes

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Holy Bull Stakes
Grade II race
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida
Inaugurated 1972
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $400,000

The Holy Bull Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Run in late January, it is open to three-year-olds over a distance of one mile. The Grade II event is a prep for the Florida Derby and has a $400,000 purse.

Inaugurated in 1990 as the Preview Stakes, it was created as a replacement for the Flamingo Stakes that ceased to exist following the closure of Hialeah Park Race Track. In 1996, the Preview Stakes was renamed in honor of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame horse Holy Bull.

Since its inception, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 mile : 2007, 2010
  • 11/16 miles : 1991-2004; 2013-present
  • 1⅛ miles : 1990, 2005–2006, 2009
  • 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs) : 2008

This race was upgraded to a Grade II for its 2014 running.[1]

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • 1-1/16 miles - 1:41.62 - Go For Gin (1994) {most common distance}
  • 1-mile - 1:35.19 - Dialed In (2011) {current distance}
  • 1-1/8 miles - 1:49.31 - Barbaro (2006)

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Holy Bull Stakes since 1974[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Distance
(Miles)
Time Grade
2014 Cairo Prince 3 Luis Saez Kiaran McLaughlin Namcook Stables et al 1-1/16 1:42.16 II
2013 Itsmyluckyday 3 Elvis Trujillo Eddie Plesa Jr. Trilogy Stable/Plesa 1-1/16 1:41.81 III
2012 Algorithms 3 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Starlight Racing 1-mile 1:36.17 III
2011 Dialed In 3 Julien Leparoux Nick Zito Robert V. LaPenta 1-mile 1:35.19 III
2010 Winslow Homer 3 Ramon Dominguez Tony Dutrow Fox Hill Farms 1-mile 1:35.97 III
2009 Saratoga Sinner 3 Julien Leparoux Eddie Kenneally Lally Stable 1-1/8 1:51.45 III
2008 Hey Byrn 3 Chuck Lopez Edward Plesa, Jr. Beatrice Oxenberg 1-3/16 1:58.14 III
2007 Nobiz Like Shobiz 3 Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Elizabeth J. Valando 1-mile 1:35.47 III
2006 Barbaro 3 Edgar Prado Michael R. Matz Roy & Gretchen Jackson 1-1/8 1:49.31 III
2005 Closing Argument 3 Cornelio Velasquez Kiaran McLaughlin Philip & Marcia Cohen 1-1/8 1:50.14 III
2004 Second Of June 3 Cornelio Velasquez William J. Cesare Barbara Cesare 1-1/16 1:43.00
2003 Offlee Wild 3 Mark Guidry Richard Dutrow, Jr. Dorothy A. Matz 1-1/16 1:43.00
2002 Booklet 3 Eibar Coa John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1-1/16 1:46.16
2001 Radical Riley 3 Eduardo Nunez James Hatchett Jacks or Better Farm 1-1/16 1:46.06
2000 Hal's Hope 3 Roger Velez Harold Rose Rose Family Stable 1-1/16 1:44.52
1999 Grits'n Hard Toast 3 Robbie Davis T.V. Smith Smith/R. A. Anderson 1-1/16 1:45.32
1998 Cape Town 3 Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1-1/16 1:44.15
1997 Arthur L. 3 John R. Velazquez Luis Olivares Not found 1-1/16 1:42.93
1996 Cobra King 3 Chris McCarron Mike Puype Gary Biszantz 1-1/16 1:43.42
1995 Suave Prospect 3 Jerry D. Bailey Nick Zito Condren & M. H. Sherman 1-1/16 1:44.03
1994 Go For Gin 3 Jerry D. Bailey Nick Zito Condren & Cornacchia 1-1/16 1:41.62
1993 Pride of Burkaan 3 Not found Leo Azpurua Johnson & Murchibon 1-1/16 1:44.74
1992 Waki Warrior 3 Earlie Fires William G. Huffman Stanley Lowenbraun 1-1/16 1:44.32
1991 Shoot To Kill 3 Not found Linda L. Rice Not found 1-1/16 1:43.54
1990 Home At Last 3 Jerry D. Bailey Carl Nafzger Reineman Stable 1-1/8 1:53.20
1980 1989 - No Races - No Races No Races No Races no races 0:00.00
1979 Northern Prospect 3 Jerry D. Bailey 6-furlongs 1:10.60
1978 No Race - No Race No Race No Race no race 0:00.00
1977 Smashing Native 3 Donald Brumfield 6-furlongs 1:12.60
1975 1976 - No Races - No Races No Races No Races no races 0:00.00
1974 Real Supreme 3 M. Miceli 6-furlongs 1:09.20

Special Bonus[edit]

Paths to $5,500,000 Preakness Bonus:
1) win Holy Bull Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
2) win Fountain of Youth Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
3) win Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
4) win San Felipe Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
5) win El Camino Real Derby + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes

Paths to $550,000 XpressBet Bonus:
1) run in Holy Bull Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
2) run in Fountain of Youth Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
3) run in Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
4) run in San Felipe Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes
5) run in El Camino Real Derby + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes

  • Note: In 2011 Shackleford won for the $550,000 Xpressbet Bonus.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]

External links[edit]