Holy Bull Stakes Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2023 Holy Bull Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2023 Holy Bull Stakes is set for February 4 at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Holy Bull Stakes Preview
- Race: Holy Bull Stakes
- Purse: $250,000
- Track: Gulfstream Park
- Date: February 4
- Post Time: 5:43 PM (ET)
- Live: Holy Bull Stakes Odds: Click Here
2023 Holy Bull Stakes Handicapping
The first of three 2023 Kentucky Derby qualifying races to be held at Gulfstream Park goes this Saturday with the running of the (G3) Holy Bull Stakes.
Named for the 1994 Florida Derby winner, the Holy Bull is run at a distance of 1 1/16 miles the Gulfstream dirt, and awards Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 20-8-6-4-2 scale to the top five finishers.
The race has drawn a balanced field of eight starters, all of which are new shooters in the Derby trail taking part in their first points race of the season.
Odds listed here are provided by the Gulfstream track oddsmaker.
2023 Holy Bull Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Cyclone Mischief Race Odds: 2-1
After running seventh in the (G2) Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs in November, Cyclone Mischief comes in off an win in a one-mile allowance level event at Gulfstream.
Speed-wise he took a big step forward with that win, recording a 101 Equibase speed figure while winning by more than five lengths. That makes him the only horse in this field with a 100+ speed figure. His record stands a.two wins and a third-place finish in four races.
The trainer is Dale Romans, while jockey Tyler Gaffalione won the race last year.
2023 Holy Bull Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Legacy Isle Race Odds: 7-2
Although he crossed the finding line first in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream, Legacy Isle was DQ’d in that race for drifting out lateen the lane and was placed second.
After setting fairly quick early fractions to lead the field through the entire one-mile event, he was perhaps getting just a bit leg weary nearing the finish, and so he faces a bit of a challenge here in trying to stretch out an extra 1/16th.
Prior to that he had won his first two lifetime starts, both at Gulfstream.
He’s trained by Rohan Crichton, with 2014 race winner Luis Saez getting the call to ride.
2023 Holy Bull Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Rocket Can Race Odds: 7-2
Despite slow start to his career this past summer at Saratoga, Rocket Can seems to be heading in the right direction in his last two at Churchill, picking up a win and second-place finish in those races.
He was up against a pretty solid field last out in a 1 1/16 miles race under the Twin Spires, tracking close through fast early fractions and gamely battling through the stretch to just miss by a half-length. The winner has since come back to run third in the (G3) Lecomte Stakes.
The trainer is Bill Mott. Jockey Junior Alvarado won the Holy Bull in 2016.
2023 Holy Bull Stakes Free Pick & Handicapping: Mr. Bob Race Odds: 10-1
One of several in the field exiting the Mucho Macho Man, Mr. Bob probably lost all chance in that race when he bobbled coming out of the gate and then had to steady early.
Just prior in the Ed Brown Stakes at Churchill Downs he broke fast from the gate, was taken back to sit sixth early, and then made a strong move on the rail to get up for second behind the well-regarded Powerful.
He’s trained by Robert Falcone Jr., with jockey Joel Rosario going for his second Holy Bull win.
Here’s My 2023 Holy Bull Stakes Free Pick.
As mentioned above, several of these including Legacy Isle, Mr. Bob and long shot Il Miracolo all ran last out in the Mucho Macho Man, but the thinking here is Rocket Can comes out of a stronger race at the distance in Churchill.
Based on that and the possibility of another forward move following a two-month layoff, he’ll be my pick to win. Looking at a value play, I’ll use Mr. Bob underneath in the exacta.
It should be noted that rain is in the forecast for Saturday at Gulfstream. Another long shot, Shadow Dragon, is the only horse in the field with a start and win over an off track.
Full Field: Holy Bull Stakes Odds
By post position
- #1 – Lord Miles 4-1
- #2 – West Coast Cowboy 12-1
- #3 – Shadow Dragon 15-1
- #4 – Cyclone Mischief 2-1
- #5 – Mr. Bob 10-1
- #6 – Legacy Isle 7-2
- #7 – Il Miracolo 20-1
- #8 – Rocket Can 7-2
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