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
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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

POST
HORSE
JOCKEY
TRAINER
WIN
PLACE
SHOW
3
Tiz the Law
Manuel Franco
Barclay Tagg
$4.60
$3.00
$2.20
4
Ete Indian
Luca Panici
Patrick Biancone
$4.20
$2.60
1
Toledo
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Chad Brown
$2.20
6
Relentless Dancer
Jose Ortiz
Mike Maker
7
Mayberry Deputy
Julien Leparoux
Ken McPeek
2
Uncork the Bottle
Edgard Zayas
Saffie Joseph, Jr.
5
Clear Destination
Paco Lopez
Ashlee Brnjas

 

Exotic Payoffs:

$2 Exacta (3-4) $9.50
$2 Trifecta (3-4-1) $9.25
$2 Superfecta (3-4-1-6) $4.86

Watch the 2020 Holy Bull Stakes


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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

Year
Horse
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
2019
Harvey Wallbanger
Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Kenneth G. McPeek
Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables, Scott K. Akman and Paul Braverman
2018
Audible
Javier Castellano
Todd A. Pletcher
WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd. and SF Racing LLC
2017
Irish War Cry
Joel Rosario
H. Graham Motion
Isabelle de Tomaso
2016
Mohaymen
Junior Alvarado
Kiaran McLaughlin
Shadwell Stables
2015
Upstart
Jose L. Ortiz
Richard A. Violette, Jr.
Ralph M. Evans
2014
Cairo Prince
Luis Saez
Kiaran McLaughlin
Namcook Stables et al
2013
Itsmyluckyday
Elvis Trujillo
Eddie Plesa Jr.
Trilogy Stable/Plesa
2012
Algorithms
Javier Castellano
Todd Pletcher
Starlight Racing
2011
Dialed In
Julien Leparoux
Nick Zito
Robert V. LaPenta
2010
Winslow Homer
Ramón Domínguez
Tony Dutrow
Fox Hill Farms

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