Trainer Todd Pletcher has several promising 3-year-olds in his barn. One of them, Bham, is in Saturday's $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds fits Bham, already stakes-placed after his second behind triple stakes winner Toccet in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct in his last start on Nov. 30. Toccet went on to win the Hollywood Futurity (gr. 1) in his subsequent outing on Dec. 21. "He ran an excellent race in the Remsen and has nothing to be ashamed of," Pletcher said. "He was beaten by a top 3-year-old. He came out of the race in great shape and has been training well for me at Palm Meadows (worked five furlongs in 1:03 breezing on Sunday). He should run well on Saturday."
Bham broke his maiden in the mud when under a $60,000 claiming tag in a seven-furlong race at Belmont Park in late September. He then was second in an allowance race at 1 1/16 mile at Keeneland in October before winning a 1 1/8-mile allowance race at Aqueduct on Nov. 11. In the nine-furlong Remsen, Bham set all the pace before being passed by Toccet in the upper stretch. He held on well and was beaten by 2 ¼ lengths.