Saratoga Sinner Shines in Holy Bull Win
Lally Stable's Saratoga Sinner, shadowing pacesetter Bear's Rocket from the start, took control in the final furlong to post a 12-1 upset in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) (VIDEO) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 31.
The son of 2002 Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Harlan's Holiday gained a short advantage mid-stretch and maintained it to the wire under urging from Leparoux.
"I just tried to stay with Kent (Desormeaux on Bear’s Rocket)) the whole time and not lose (touch of him)," Leparoux said. "We didn’t have a lot of room. We got some around the three-eighths pole, but Kent got an excellent ride from his horse and made it real tough. I was just trying to stay in good position. It worked out at the end for all of us.”
“It was good for him," Borel said of Beethoven's effort. "He needed this race. "He got a little tired at the end, but he came back okay.”
“After he broke his maiden in his last race, Julien came back and said he’s even better than he showed," Kenneally said. "He ran a little green that day. So we decided that we go ahead and step him up to this race rather than run back in an allowance race. He’s had two wins over the track at 1 1/8 miles, so we’ll definitely be pointing for the Florida Derby (gr. I, Mar. 28). I don’t know if he’ll run again before then, but he won’t go back to a one-turn race again.”
Stakes-placed Bear's Rocket, making his first start away from Woodbine for trainer Reade Baker, returned $27.80 and $11.40, rounding out an excellent $2 exacta of $580.80.
"I thought he ran a super race," Baker said of the runner-up. "We have another horse, Bear’s Prospector, who was just second to the winner. We’re down here to get to the (Kentucky) Derby and now it looks like we have two good ones. I’d like to wait to run him back in the Florida Derby, but that will be up to the owner (Danny Dion).”
West Side Bernie, winner of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) last September, was $3.60 to show.
“I wish I knew what happened," Albarado said of Danger to Society. "He had some adversity early. He got behind horses. He was clear at the three-eighths pole and he just had no response.”
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