Holy Bull Stakes
- Posted by: Myers Jackson
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Holy Bull Stakes
by Peppi Hull
Holy Bull Stakes: Gulfstream Park in FL is hosting the Holy Bull Stakes on Saturday, February 3. This is a Grade II Kentucky Derby prep race run on dirt.
For starters, there have been varying lengths for this race over the years. At its beginning in 1990 the length was 1 ⅛ miles. This was also the length in 2005, 2006 and 2009. From 1991 through 2004 as well as the last five years it has been 1 1/16 miles, the most common. In 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012 it was just one mile. The length was 1 3/16 in 2008.
Significantly, three of these lengths include speed records. Go for Gin clocked 1:41.62 at 1 1/16th in 1994. In 2006 was Barbaro with 1:49.31 at 1 1/8th. Third, from 2011, is Dialed In with 1:35.19 at 1 mile.
Another record for the Holy Bull Stakes is winningest trainer. Two trainers have this title, each with three wins. First is Nick Zito for 1994, 1995 and 2011. Second is Kiaran McLaughlin for 2005, 2014 and 2016.
Interestingly, Hialeah Park Racetrack once hosted the Flamingo Stakes. Replacing it in 1990 was the Preview Stakes. Six years later changing names once more to honor Holy Bull.
In fact, Holy Bull’s career was a successful one indeed. By his three-year-old season he was charting some impressive wins at the:
- Blue Grass Stakes
- Florida Derby
- Haskell Invitational
- Metropolitan Handicap
- Travers Stakes
- Woodward Stakes
Although not winning that year’s Kentucky Derby, the previous 6 races merited him the 1994 American Horse of the Year. Seven years later came his induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. An injury early into his four-year-old season would end his career. While in retirement he sired Giacomo and Macho Uno.
Indeed, the place to be on Saturday is trackside or a nearby OTB. Especially since this is also a race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.