Steve Haskin makes the case for Kentucky Derby contender Cairo Prince. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was able to breathe a sigh of relief the morning of April 13 with Cairo Prince ranked 20th on the qualifying list.
"Paul Braverman said, 'Do you have any Derby horses this year?' and I said, 'Paul, this is our Derby horse.' " -- Kiaran McLaughlin on Cairo Prince.
Almost Famous will make his next start in the Feb. 22 Fountain of Youth (gr. II); Honor Code returns to tab; Cairo Prince expected to breeze Feb. 15 while prepping for the Florida Derby (gr. I).
After Conquest Titan closed from last to finish second behind Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 25, trainer Mark Casse looked into his options for the son of Birdstone.
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Evan Hammonds recaps the Holy Bull Stakes and big win by Cairo Prince. watch video
Mr Speaker will return to turf following a seventh-place finish in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III), his first start on dirt Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, trainer Shug McGaughey said.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin could not have been happier with how Cairo Prince was doing the morning after his 5 3/4-length romp in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park.
His slate-gray tail streaming behind him, Cairo Prince put on quite a show in the $400,000 Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, winning by 5 3/4 lengths over 10 other 3-year-olds.
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A stacked field of 3-year-olds are set to compete in the Holy Bull Stakes. Claire Novak and Frank Angst give their picks on who you need to watch and wager with in the race. watch video
The Holy Bull Stakes almost always serves as my Kentucky Derby Trail kick-off because it begins the separation of the contenders from the pretenders.
Colt heads a stout field of 11 sophomore contenders in first start since Remsen for the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull, a Jan. 25 event that drew the likes of undefeated Coup de Grace, Almost Famous, and Mr Speaker.
Dania Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) winner Mr Speaker breezed a half-mile at Payson Park the morning of Jan. 19 in preparation for a scheduled start in the upcoming $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Everything remains on target for grade II winner Cairo Prince, who is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park.
Off his hard-fought runner-up finish in the Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year's Day, Florida-bred Wildcat Red earned his way into the mix for the track's key races for 3-year-olds.
Son of Unbridled's Song out of graded stakes winner Summer Raven (by Summer Squall) retired, will stand at Brent and Crytal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla.
Frankie Perez, assistant trainer for Eddie Plesa Jr., makes his third trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), this time with Holy Bull Stakes (gr. II) winner Itsmyluckyday.
Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa's 3-year-old Itsmyluckyday worked a half mile in :48 4/5 the morning of Feb. 23 at Calder Casino & Race Course for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Holy Bull Stakes as well as a few other stellar performances from the weekend. What did you think of the Holy Bull Stakes? watch video
Itsmyluckyday and Shanghai Bobby, the first two finishers in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, are likely headed for a rematch in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).
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Tom LaMarra and Pete Denk discuss the tough field in the Holy Bull Stakes. Can Shanghai Bobby survive the other talented 3-year-olds? watch video
Undefeated 2-year-old champion faces nine opponents in 1 1/16-mile test at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26.
The morning after capturing an Eclipse Award, undefeated Shanghai Bobby worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 Jan. 20 in his final tune-up for the upcoming Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Unbeaten Shanghai Bobby, an Eclipse Award finalist for 2-year-old male of 2012, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.42 over a fast track Jan. 13 at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.
Starlight Racing's Algorithms, winner of the Jan. 29 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in his most recent start, has returned from a layup and is galloping daily at Belmont Park under the supervision of trainer Todd Pletcher.
Champion Hansen, the 6-5 favorite for the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), was schooled in the gate at Keeneland on the morning of April 13 and then jogged over the Polytrack surface at the Lexington track.
In the Holy Bull, it was Starlight Racing's Algorithms, who captured his first stakes race and stamped himself as one to watch on the Triple Crown trail.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Holy Bull Stakes and Sunshine Millions Day from Gulfstream Park watch video
Algorithms overtook juvenile champion Hansen approaching mid-stretch en route to an easy victory in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, handing the odds-on favorite the first defeat of his career.
Will this year's compact field yield an established favorite or an improving horse in the winner's circle when the Holy Bull Stakes is run Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park?
All eyes will be on juvenile champion Hansen Jan. 29 as he begins his much-anticipated Triple Crown quest in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Newly crowned juvenile champion Hansen breezed five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Jan. 22, completing the main preparation for his 3-year-old seasonal debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).
Kendall Hansen and Sky Chai Racing's undefeated 3-year-old Hansen is still on target to launch his campaign in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 29 at Gulfstream Park.
Starlight Racing's 2-year-old colt Algorithms ran his record to two-for-two with an impressive victory at Gulfstream Park Dec. 16.
Gulfstream Park's meet, which will run from Dec. 3-April 8 will have 53 stakes. A second finish line has been added to allow for races at 1 1/16 miles. The Florida Derby (gr. I) to be run Saturday, March 31.
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Trainer Nick Zito's decision to bypass an allowance event nine days earlier for the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) looks pretty good after the inexperienced Dialed In swept to an impressive win at Gulfstream Park.
The field for the grade III Holy Bull Stakes on Sunday is solid enough top to bottom that all nine entries are on the lists we maintain at The Downey Profile. And why not, with $400,000 on the line?
The withdrawal of Boys At Tosconova leaves a wide open field of nine sophomores to contest the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 30, the first major step toward the Florida Derby (gr. I) this spring.
Boys At Tosconova, winner of the Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes and second to champion 2-year-old Uncle Mo in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile, will not run in Gulfstream Park's Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 30.
Mucho Macho Man worked a sharp five furlongs in :59 flat on the morning of Jan. 23 at Gulfstream Park for trainer Kathy Ritvo in preparation for his 2011 debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) in one week.
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and partners' 3-year-old Mucho Macho Man worked a bullet five furlongs in :59 1/5 Jan. 15 at Gulfstream Park for trainer Kathy Ritvo as he prepares for his 2011 debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull.
Zayat Stables' Black N Beauty probably earned himself a ticket to the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) with a solid victory in a $51,500 allowance test for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park Jan. 7.
Sophomore Piscitelli will be sidelined 90 days after sustaining an injury during the running of the Jan. 23 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Winslow Homer moved into striking position approaching the turn, Winslow Homer splits horses at the top of the lane and held off 2-1 favorite Jackson Bend to win the Holy Bull by a length in his stakes debut Jan. 23.
Jason, Tom, and Rich Nilsen of twinspires/brisnet preview the Holy Bull (gr. III) at Gulfstream, and the LeComte (gr. III) at Fair Grounds on January 23. Watch Video
Gulfstream Park will host an important showdown between several of the most talented 3-year-olds in Southern Florida Jan. 23 when a field of nine square off in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).
Robert LaPenta's Jackson Bend worked a bullet five furlongs in :59.30 on Jan. 16 at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito. He is preparing for his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).
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