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Take The Bull By The Horns

Posted by on 1/25/2014 2:49:31 AM

The Holy Bull has drawn a competitive group of sophomores that are taking the initial steps on the Triple Crown Trail and it???s a true test for all online sports betting site players.

What: Holy Bull Stakes Who: Mr Speaker

Where: Gulfstream Park
When: Saturday, January 25

This Grade 2 $400,000 fixture at 8 and a half furlongs has been won by some nice horses over the decades like Go for Gin, Barbaro, Closing Argument and last year Itsmyluckyday found the charm getting an ideal 3-hole trip to win going away with a 104 Beyer Speed Figure.

Coup de Grace will be going 2 turns for the first time here and how he does will determine if he continues to shoot for the rainbow on the Triple Crown Trail. He has the pedigree to suggest he can get 2 turns and he was inching away late in his last win at a mile. Several siblings won routing including one that won at a mile here. He beat a promising horse in his debut as the place horse that day graduated at Fair Grounds next out by almost 12 lengths on a glib surface with a 98 Beyer Speed Figure. Trainer Chad Brown can keep a runner going good once he gets good as he is 30% in the last 5 years with last-out winners. This son of Tapit worked a best of the morning :47.40 on January 19 under rider John Velazquez and his trainer was happy with the move, Brown: ???Johnny seemed to get along with the horse well, and he said he learned a couple of things about him in the morning, and that was really the reason for putting him on. All systems are go.???

Cairo Prince ran his eyeballs out in defeat in the Remsen when wide on both turns but he was giving the winner 6 pounds and his trainer lost no confidence in the colt. The Remsen came back live as the show horse Noble Moon took the Grade 2 Jerome next out and the 5th finisher won a $134,000 stakes at Woodbine in next. He???s the one to beat. By Pioneerof the Nile and out of the Holy Bull dam Holy Bubbette, this guy worked in :48.40 on January 19 at Palm Meadows and that was by design according to his trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin: ???He had a couple of works of 59 and change, so we wanted to go a little easier this time, and he went perfect.???

Wicked Strong has trained cleverly in Florida for his 2014 debut. His trainer James Jerkens got a nice foundation drill into him 2 weeks ago and he was set down last Sunday with a second best of the morning 1:00 4/5 work. It???s interesting that Javier Castellano opts for this runner instead of the rail. This colt broke a little awkwardly in the Remsen last year, but finished quick to be beaten just a half-length. Considering the half mile that day was in :51.74, the rally was all that more impressive as he got his last furlong in :11.37. His trainer had this to say about his charge in the Gulfstream notes, Jerkens: ???People still don???t know how to gauge the race because it was so slow, the pace was so slow. He was going faster than all of them. He???s a nice colt; he???s got good wind, he???s good and strong and he???s got a bit of a streak in him, which is good. He???s a tough horse to handle. He doesn???t cheat on the track. He???s all business when he gets out there.???

Mr Speaker is out to prove he can win on conventional dirt but he has a right to take to the surface. His sire won the Fountain of Youth at this track, his Grade 2 placed dam graduated in a route and banked over $100,000 and she is also a daughter of the unbeaten championPersonal Ensign. The dam also dropped a runner that won at 9 furlongs at Saratoga. Educated in his debut at Saratoga last summer, he returned about a month later and just failed to close the deal. His connections wheeled him back in 3 weeks for the graduation party and then he proved it was no fluke winning the Grade 3 Dania Beach here drawing away with a career best 90 Beyer. Trained by Shug McGaughey, who saddled the Kentucky Derby winner last year Orb,Mr Speaker has the right to be any kind and should be a handful. His trainer had this to say in the Gulfstream notes, Shug: ???He???s trained good on dirt. I think he???s equipped to make the jump. He???s already done it on turf from a maiden to a Grade 3.???


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