Holy Bull Stakes
- Location: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
- Inaugural Race: 1990
- Current Distance: 1 1/16 miles
- Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
- Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
- Status: Grade 2
- 2020 Purse: $350,000
- 2020 Race Date: Saturday, February 1st
The Gulfstream Park stakes race, the Holy Bull, provides a warm weather race where much of the North American racing world runs during the winter. The Road to the Kentucky Derby prep-race awards a point split of 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishing contenders.
2020 Holy Bull Stakes Entries and Results
Tiz the Law
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Uncork the Bottle
Saffie Joseph, Jr.
|$2 Exacta (3-4)||$9.50|
|$2 Trifecta (3-4-1)||$9.25|
|$2 Superfecta (3-4-1-6)||$4.86|
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History of the Holy Bull Stakes
Inaugurated as the Preview Stakes in 1990 to replace the Flamingo Stakes following the closure of Hialeah Park, the race was re-christened in 1996 as the Holy Bull Stakes in honor of the Hall of Fame racehorse. It first became a grade three race in 1995, and continued to gain enough strength to become a grade two event in 2014.
It has been part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby since that series’ inception in 2013, with the first four finishers earning points on the table on a 10-4-2-1 basis.
To date, two winners of the Holy Bull Stakes have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby: Go For Gin (1994), and Barbaro (2006). Many runners go on to contest the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Florida Derby, the other Gulfstream Park races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. There is almost always depth to the race, and a few that will make the Kentucky Derby field.
Previous Winners of the Holy Bull
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Kenneth G. McPeek
Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables, Scott K. Akman and Paul Braverman
Todd A. Pletcher
WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd. and SF Racing LLC
Irish War Cry
H. Graham Motion
Isabelle de Tomaso
Jose L. Ortiz
Richard A. Violette, Jr.
Ralph M. Evans
Namcook Stables et al
Eddie Plesa Jr.
Robert V. LaPenta
Fox Hill Farms
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