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Eight line up in Saturday's Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park(Photo credit: ID 67395310 © Dpselvaggi | Dreamstime.com)

A field of eight three-year-olds will line up in Saturday’s $250,000 Holy Bull (G3), the first of three Road to the Kentucky Derby points races at Gulfstream Park.

The top five finishers will earn 20-8-6-4-2 points toward entry into this spring’s Run for the Roses. The race serves as a prep for the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) on March 4 and the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on April 1.

The Dale Romans trained Cyclone Mischief is the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Holy Bull. The son of into Mischief was a 5 ¾ length winner against first level optional claimers in his last outing. He pressed the early pace and tired to finish seventh in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) last November in his stakes debut.

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“I think he’s one of the best 3-year-olds in the country, and he’s training like one,” Romans said. “There are a lot of good horses out there, but we’re in a good spot right now.”

Among his foes are four that exit the Mucho Macho Man was run on Jan. 1 at a one turn mile here. Legacy Isle (7-2) led every step of the way but was disqualified for drifting outward in deep stretch and was placed second.

Lord Miles came from far out of it to rally for third in the Mucho Macho Man. He picks up Irad Ortiz Jr. who will ride the colt for the first time with blinkers added.

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There are four supporting stakes on the 12-race card on Saturday that are also Grade 3 affairs—the $125,000 Forward Gal, $175,000 Kitten’s Joy, $175,000 Sweetest Chant and the $125,000 Swale.

Let’s head out to Gulfstream Park for Saturday’s featured race of the day:

Gulfstream Park Race 12 The Holy Bull (G3)  5:43 ET

1 Lord Miles   4-1

8 Rocket Cam   7-2

6 Legacy Isle   7-2

4 Cyclone Mischief   2-1


Lord Miles

This colt is one of four in here to exit the Mucho Macho Man. While a coupe of his foes had traffic troubles in the stretch this guy came rolling with a good late run toward the outside to come up just ¾ of a length short of catching the gate to wire winner, who was then DQ’d for interference in the stretch. Joseph adds blinkers today and he should appreciate the added ground and the prospects of a off track. He is by Curlin out of a Majestic Warrior mare, her first foal to race. The colt picks up Irad and posted  a bullet work on Jan. 27. He looks as if he still has a ton of upside.

Rocket Cam

This guy is one of two in here sent out by Mott and note Junior is off Shadow Dragon to ride him. Last out he tracked the early pace and finished gamely in a runner up finish at Churchill Downs in his first start against winners. The winner of that Alw-1 optional claimers was Confidence game who came back to run third in the Lecomte (G3) at Fair Grounds in his next outing. The Mott trainee broke his maiden in the slop two back in his third career start. He is bred to get nine furlongs and should get a good tacking trip sitting just off the pace.

Legacy Isle

The colt set a sharp early fractions and held o gamely to win the Mucho Macho Man by a half-length but was DQ’d for drifting outward and causing interference in deep stretch. There are a couple of foes in here with some early zip that should assure the fractions Are fast again here. He is bred to like a wet track and picks up Saez.


WIN: Lord Miles to win at 3-1 or better.

EXACTA: 1 / 4,6,8 and 1,8 / 1,6,8

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