Holy Bull S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8f ,)

NOBIZ LIKE SHOBIZ (B h, 120 lb) $90,000
Albert the Great —Nightstorm , by Storm Cat
B—Elizabeth J. Valando, KY.; O—Elizabeth J. Valando; T—Barclay Tagg

Drums of Thunder (CH h, 120 lb) $30,000
Concerto —Parental Uproar , by Future Storm
B—Stanley Boileau, FL.; O—Elkins, Ione and Herbert J.; T—William A. Kaplan

Scat Daddy (DK B/ h, 120 lb) $16,500
Johannesburg —Love Style , by Mr. Prospector
B—Axel Wend, KY.; O—Scatuorchio, James T. and Tabor, Michael, B.; T—Anthony J. Sciametta, Jr.

Margins: 1½, 1¼, 8½. Others: Sam P. 118($9,000) , Pop Goes the Tiger 116($4,500) , Bold Start 118 , One of the Best 116 , Dukes Flying Tiger 116 . Winning Jockey, Cornelio H. Velasquez.

In a four-start career, Elizabeth Valando’s Nobiz Like Shobiz hasn’t done much wrong. Trained by Barclay Tagg, the 3-year-old homebred colt confirmed his status as a leading candidate for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he turned back several challenges in the Feb. 3 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park for a 11/2-length victory.

Valando remembered Nobiz Like Shobiz as a “big, gorgeous foal,” when she sent him to Michael O’Farrell’s Ocala Stud to be broken.

“When Barclay went to see him, he called me before he left the ground and said, ‘Mrs. Valando, that is the most beautiful horse I’ve ever seen.’ So I was stunned. He told me, ‘I’ve never, ever called a client like that before, but I was just bowled over.’ “

Nobiz Like Shobiz, who is one of four horses Valando has in training, broke his maiden in commanding fashion at first asking at Belmont Park last fall, and then ran second in the Champagne (gr. I) at the New York track. He finished the season with a victory in the Nov. 25 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct.

A resident of Greenwich, Conn., Valando had earlier luck at Gulfstream with another homebred, Take the Cake, who captured the 2002 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III) during her sophomore campaign.

Before that, Valando’s late husband Tommy, a Broadway musical producer, owned 1990 champion 2-year-old male Fly So Free. The son of Time for a Change won the Champagne Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (both gr. I) during his juvenile campaign, after which he went on to become a successful older horse and sire.

Named after Tommy Valando’s career, Nobiz Like Shobiz is out of the winning Storm Cat mare Nightstorm, whose first three foals are by Fly So Free.

“Leon Rasmussen suggested the mating before he passed away,” said Elizabeth Valando. “He said to me, ‘I don’t think it’s going to be long before Nightstorm produces a big stakes winner and I think (breeding her to Albert the Great) might do it.’ “

Nobiz Like Shobiz is the fourth foal and first stakes winner for Nightstorm, a Valando homebred, who has a 2-year-old filly by Changeintheweather and a yearling colt by Broken Vow. Kept at Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., Nightstorm is in foal to Eurosilver and is booked to Bernardini.

Albert the Great is the sire of three stakes winners. The 10-year-old son of Go for Gin stands at Three Chimneys. His 2007 fee is $7,500.—E.M.