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Holy Bull Stakes

Grade III race
Holy Bull Stakes
Location Gulfstream Park
Hallandale Beach, Florida
Inaugurated 1990
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.gulfstreampark.com
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $150,000

The Holy Bull Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Run in mid April, it is open to three-year-olds willing to race one mile and three sixteenths. A prep for the Florida Derby, the race is a Grade III event offering a purse of $150,000.

Inaugurated in 1990 as the Preview Stakes, it was created as a replacement for the Flamingo Stakes which ceased to exist following the closure of Hialeah Park Race Track. In 1996 the Preview Stakes was renamed in honor of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame horse, Holy Bull.

Since inception, the race has been contested at various distances:

  • 1 mile : 2007, 2010
  • 11/16 miles : 1991-2004
  • 1⅛ miles : 1990, 2005-2006, 2009
  • 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs) : 2008


Speed record:

  • 1:41.62 - Go For Gin (at previous distance of 11/16 miles)

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Holy Bull Stakes






2010 Winslow Homer Ramon Dominguez Tony Dutrow Fox Hill Farms 1:35.97
2009 Saratoga Sinner Julien Leparoux Eddie Kenneally Lally Stable 1:51.45
2008 Hey Byrn Chuck Lopez Edward Plesa, Jr. Beatrice Oxenberg 1:58.14
2007 Nobiz Like Shobiz Cornelio Velasquez Barclay Tagg Elizabeth J. Valando 1:35.47
2006 Barbaro Edgar Prado Michael R. Matz Roy & Gretchen Jackson 1:49.31
2005 Closing Argument Cornelio Velasquez Kiaran McLaughlin Philip & Marcia Cohen 1:50.14
2004 Second Of June Cornelio Velasquez William J. Cesare Barbara Cesare 1:43.00
2003 Offlee Wild Mark Guidry Richard Dutrow, Jr. Dorothy A. Matz 1:43.00
2002 Booklet Eibar Coa John T. Ward, Jr. John C. Oxley 1:46.16
2001 Radical Riley Eduardo Nunez James Hatchett Jacks or Better Farm 1:46.06
2000 Hal's Hope Roger Velez Harold Rose Rose Family Stable 1:44.52
1999 Grits'n Hard Toast Robbie Davis T.V. Smith Smith/R. A. Anderson 1:45.32
1998 Cape Town Jerry D. Bailey D. Wayne Lukas Overbrook Farm 1:44.15
1997 Arthur L. John R. Velazquez Luis Olivares Not found 1:42.93
1996 Cobra King Chris McCarron Mike Puype Gary Biszantz 1:43.42
1995 Suave Prospect Jerry D. Bailey Nick Zito Condren & M. H. Sherman 1:44.03
1994 Go For Gin Jerry D. Bailey Nick Zito Condren & Cornacchia 1:41.62
1993 Pride of Burkaan Not found Leo Azpurua Johnson & Murchibon 1:44.74
1992 Waki Warrior Earlie Fires William G. Huffman Stanley Lowenbraun 1:44.32
1991 Shoot To Kill Not found Linda L. Rice Not found 1:43.54
1990 Home At Last Jerry D. Bailey Carl Nafzger Reineman Stable 1:53.20



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