Holy Bull Stakes

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Holy Bull Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, FL
  • Inaugural Race: 1990
  • Current Distance: 1 1/16 miles
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds
  • Status: Grade 2
  • 2021 Purse: $200,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Saturday, January 30th

The Gulfstream Park stakes race, the Holy Bull, provides a warm weather race where much of the North American racing world runs during the winter. The Road to the Kentucky Derby prep-race awards a point split of 10-4-2-1 to the top four finishing contenders.

2021 Holy Bull Stakes Race Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEY / TRAINERWIN / PLACE / SHOW
7Greatest HonourJose L. Ortiz / Claude R. McGaughey III$7.60 / $4.40 / $2.60
5TarantinoEdgard J. Zayas / Rodolphe Brisset$14.60 / $5.60
6Prime FactorIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Todd A. Pletcher$2.40
3PapetuLeonel Reyes / Antonio Sano
1JirafalesJohn R. Velazquez / Gustavo Delgado
8Sittin On GoCorey J. Lanerie / Dale L. Romans
9Awesome GerryTyler Gaffalione / Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
2Willy BoiJunior Alvarado / Jeff Engler
4AmountLuis Saez / Todd A. Pletcher

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $2 Exacta (7-5) Paid: $80.80
  • $0.50 Trifecta (7-5-6) Paid: $122.35
  • $0.10 Superfecta (7-5-6-3) Paid: $126.84

Watch the 2021 Holy Bull Stakes

The History of the Holy Bull Stakes

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 its current length (1 1/6-mile distance) is 1:41.62, set by Go for Gin in 1994. At the 1 1/8 distance, Barbaro set the record of 1:49.31 in 2006. 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). William J. Condren (1994, 1995) and Paul Braverman (2014, 2019) are tied for the tied for most wins by an owner with two each.

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), Barbaro (2006 Kentucky Derby winner) and Tiz the Law (2020 Belmont Stakes winner).

Holy Bull Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerDistance / Time
2021Greatest HonourJose L. Ortiz / Claude R. McGaughey III​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:43.19
2020Tiz the LawManuel Franco / Barclay Tagg​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:42.04
2019Harvey WallbangerBrian Hernandez Jr. / Kenneth G. McPeek​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:43.69
2018AudibleJavier Castellano / Todd A. Pletcher​1 1⁄16 miles / 1.41.92
2017Irish War CryJoel Rosario / H. Graham Motion​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:42.52
2016MohaymenJunior Alvarado / Kiaran P. McLaughlin​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:42.07
2015UpstartJose L. Ortiz / Richard A. Violette Jr.​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:43.61
2014Cairo PrinceLuis Saez / Kiaran P. McLaughlin​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:42.16
2013ItsmyluckydayElvis Trujillo / Edward Plesa Jr.​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:41.81
2012AlgorithmsJavier Castellano / Todd A. Pletcher1 mile / 1:36.17
2011Dialed InJulien R. Leparoux / Nicholas P. Zito1 mile / 1:35.19
2010Winslow HomerRamon A. Dominguez / Anthony W. Dutrow1 mile / 1:35.97
2009Saratoga SinnerJulien R. Leparoux / Eddie Kenneally​1 1⁄8 miles / 1:51.45
2008Hey ByrnCharles C. Lopez / Edward Plesa Jr.​1 3⁄16 miles / 1:58.14
2007Nobiz Like ShobizCornelio Velasquez / Barclay Tagg1 mile / 1:35.47
2006BarbaroEdgar S. Prado / Michael R. Matz​1 1⁄8 miles / 1:49.31
2005Closing ArgumentCornelio Velasquez / Kiaran P. McLaughlin​1 1⁄8 miles / 1:50.14
2004Second of JuneCornelio Velasquez / William J. Cesare​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:43.00
2003Offlee WildMark Guidry / Thomas Victor Smith​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:43.00
2002BookletEibar Coa / John T. Ward Jr.​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:46.16
2001Radical RileyEduardo O. Nunez / James Hatchett​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:46.06
2000Hal's HopeRoger I. Velez / Harold J. Rose​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:44.52
1999Grits'n Hard ToastRobbie Davis / Thomas Victor Smith​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:45.32
1998Cape TownJerry D. Bailey / D. Wayne Lukas​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:44.15
1997Arthur L.John R. Velazquez / Luis Olivares​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:42.93
1996Cobra KingChris McCarron / Mike Puype​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:43.42
1995Royal MitchRobbie Davis / Dennis W. Ebert​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:44.03
1995Suave ProspectJerry D. Bailey / Nicholas P. Zito​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:44.03
1994Go for GinJerry D. Bailey / Nicholas P. Zito​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:41.62
1993Pride of BurkaanJerry D. Bailey / Leo Azpurua Jr.​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:44.74
1992Waki WarriorEarlie Fires / William G. Huffman​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:44.32
1991Shoot to KillWigberto S. Ramos / Linda L. Rice​1 1⁄16 miles / 1:43.54
1990Home At LastJerry D. Bailey / Carl A. Nafzger​1 1⁄8 miles / 1:53.20