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Holy Bull Stakes Race History

The Holy Bull Stakes is held annually in late-January or early-February at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. The Holy Bull Stakes is for three-year-olds and is run on a dirt surface, left-handed track at a distance of 1 1/16 miles (or 8.5 furlongs). From 2007 to 2012 it was contested at different lengths, ranging from 1 mile to 1 3/16 miles.  

It was previously named the Preview Stakes and was created to replace the Flamingo Stakes. It was renamed after Hall of Fame racehorse Holy Bull in 1996, and it was named the Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes in 2015.

From 1991 to 2004, the Holy Bull Stakes was contested without a graded stakes designation. In 1993, the American Graded Stakes Committee upgraded it to a grade three race, and it was then upgraded again to a grade two level race in 2014. The Holy Bull Stakes is included in the prep race circuit for the Kentucky Derby, and awards ten qualifying points to the winner. Two horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Holy Bull in the same year: Go for Gin (1994) and Barbaro (2006). Closing Argument finished second in the Kentucky Derby the year he won the Holy Bull Stakes (2005).

Holy Bull Stakes Records

The biggest margin of victory at the Holy Bull Stakes is eight lengths. The record for fastest time at the Holy Bull Stakes (1 1/6-mile distance) is 1:41.62, set by Go for Gin in 1994. The fastest time overall is 1:35.19, which was set by Dialed In at a distance of 1 mile in 2011.

The record for most Holy Bull Stakes wins by a jockey is five, held by Jerry Bailey (1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998). The record for most wins by a trainer is three, jointly held by Nick Zito (1998, 1995, 2011) and Kiaran McLaughlin (2005, 2014, 2016). No owner has won the Holy Bull more than once.

Holy Bull Stakes Winners

Many notable horses have a Holy Bull Stakes victory on their resume. A few of the more noteworthy and recognizable names include Go for Gin (1994 Kentucky Derby winner), Offlee Wild (2005 Breeders’ Cup Handicap winner), and Barbaro (2006 Kentucky Derby winner).

Holy Bull Past Winners List

Date Horse
2/4/2017 Irish War Cry
1/30/2016 Mohaymen
1/24/2015 Upstart
1/25/2014 Cairo Prince
1/26/2013 Itsmyluckyday
1/29/2012 Algorithms
1/30/2011 Dialed In
1/23/2010 Winslow Homer
1/31/2009 Saratoga Sinner
4/12/2008 Hey Byrn
2/3/2007 Nobiz Like Shobiz
2/4/2006 Barbaro
2/5/2005 Closing Argument
1/17/2004 Second of June
1/18/2003 Offlee Wild
1/19/2002 Booklet
1/20/2001 Radical Riley
1/15/2000 Hal's Hope
1/16/1999 Grits'n Hard Toast
1/17/1998 Cape Town
1/18/1997 Arthur L.
1/20/1996 Cobra King
3/11/1995 Royal Mitch
1/21/1995 Suave Prospect
1/22/1994 Go for Gin
1/23/1993 Pride of Burkaan
2/9/1992 Waki Warrior
4/6/1991 Shoot to Kill
4/7/1990 Home At Last


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