Holy Bull Stakes Predictions, Odds, Picks (Gulfstream Park)

Holy Bull Stakes Post Position and Odds

Odds for the race taken from TVG. If you’re looking for a great horse racing betting app then TVG betting might be the option for you.

PP Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
1 GALT 10/1
J Alvarado W Mott
I Ortiz Jr T Pletcher
F Pennington R Reid Jr
J Castellano A Sano
J Rios M Yates
B J Hernandez Jr K McPeek
J Leparoux G R Arnold II
T Gaffalione S Joseph Jr
L Saez D Romans

Best Bets for the Holy Bull Stakes

Here are my plays ($50 in total)

$5 Exacta Box – Galt and Simplification = $10

$5 Exacta Box – Galt and Giant Game = $10

$10 Win, Place, Show – Galt = $30

If you’re playing only to win, go with my top pick Galt (10/1).

Holy Bull Stakes Predictions

Coming off a game victory in Aqueduct’s Grade 2 Remsen in his stakes debut, Mo Donegal could rule a tepid choice in a wide-open edition of the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The son of Uncle Mo will be looking for his third straight victory in the first major South Florida prep for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Mo Donegal rallied for third in his career debut in September at Belmont Park, before coming back to break his maiden three weeks later at the same track. Last out, he narrowly outdueled Zandon to the wire in a hotly contested edition of the Remsen.

Chief among his rivals in the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull will be a pair of horses coming out of good showings in the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar. The Kenny McPeek trained Tiz the Bomb rallied for second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after winning a pair of stakes races on the grass in Kentucky. Giant Game, meanwhile, was a solid third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for trainer Dale Romans, after breaking his maiden at Keeneland in his second career start.

Another who merits major respect in the Kentucky Derby qualifying points race is the Antonio Sano trained Simplification. The son of Not This Time brings a good deal of speed to the Holy Bull and was an impressive four-length winner over the track in the one-mile Mucho Macho Man Stakes on New Year’s Day.

Holy Bull Stakes Predictions

Mo Donegal

This is a tough field, but of all the main contenders, I can see why this son of Uncle Mo is the most likely to go favored. After showing a good closing kick in a maiden sprint to kick off his career, the Todd Pletcher-trainee demonstrated that he wanted two turns, first with a nice maiden win at Belmont, and then a hard-fought victory over a talented rival in the Grade 2 Remsen. Given those two nice scores in New York, and that we’ve seen him more recently than the horses who ran well in the Breeders’ Cup, he merits respect. With more speed in this field than he has seen recently, look for him to be a little farther off the pace on Saturday than he was in his two victories. I’m not sure that will play into his favor in this one. I expect him to be running at the end, but I think he might be a little too late to get the win here.

Tiz the Bomb

It’s hard to know what kind of dirt horse this one is, but we already know that he is top-notch on the turf. Bred to handle either surface, he looked like dirt was no problem in his second career start when he waltzed to a 14 ¼-length victory in a maiden special weight at Ellis Park. Off that, they tried the turf and he was an impressive winner of a stakes race at Kentucky Downs. Following that up with another good performance, winning the Grade 2 Bourbon at Keeneland, he deserved a shot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar. Way back early, he finished with a flourish to get up for a second, behind only a talented European. Now three months later, he is back on the dirt for this big test. He’s working well, but they have picked a tough spot for his return to dirt. Even so, he is dangerous.

Giant Game

After a pair of maiden races in Kentucky, this good-looking colt from the final crop of Giant’s Causeway has been asked to show his class. So far, it looks like the faith shown in him is justified. After a nice 3-length maiden win at Keeneland in his second career start, trainer Dale Romans gave him the green light to travel west and take on the best in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The result was very encouraging as the inexperienced colt made a nice move on the turn to be in with a shot at the head of the Del Mar stretch. He could not quite go on with it, but still traveled well to be a good third. A similar performance from that last one, three months ago, gives him a real shot on Saturday.


This Florida-bred son of Not This Time announced himself as a dangerous horse with a sharp front-running victory in Gulfstream Park’s Mucho Macho Man Stakes five weeks ago. After three sprints, where he flashed some ability, he proved that stretching out was in the cards for him with the 4-length win going a flat mile. He gets only an extra half-furlong here, so if he can once again control the early pace, he will be very hard to deal with in the stretch. He is certainly fast enough to do just that, but faces a much tougher group this time around. As the speed of the race, he is a major threat.

White Abarrio

Another one with good experience over the Gulfstream Park main track, this gray son of Race Day won his first two career starts locally. In both the maiden and the allowance win, he showed good speed and dominated his competition. He shipped to Kentucky for his third career start, but could not run with the highly regarded Smile Happy down the lane. Still, the third-place finish in the big field of the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club was a pretty solid performance. With that experience and his previous good form in South Florida, he certainly merits respect in the Holy Bull.


Bred to be a good one, he’s actually the full brother to one of the best female runners we’ve seen so far this century. The full to Songbird didn’t do anything in his debut at Saratoga last summer, but he showed a little more when switched to the Belmont Park turf for his second start. Still, it was a long way short of his expectations. Demonstrating serious improvement when back on the dirt for his third career start, the son of Medaglia d’Oro showed that he has a future after all with a nice rallying win in a Gulfstream Park allowance victory six weeks ago. He’ll need to take another step forward on Saturday, but in the hands of Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, I am looking for further improvement. With a nice win over the track, I think he is a live long shot. Live enough to be my top pick in this wide-open race.

Spin Wheel

This son of Hard Spun looks to be an improving sort for trainer Rusty Arnold. After debuting on the grass at Saratoga, he finished fourth on the dirt at Keeneland, before breaking his maiden in his third start. The win came via a big rally at Churchill Downs ten weeks ago. Considering how far back he was on the far turn, it was a great run to get there in the final jump. Coming out of three maiden races, this will certainly be a jump up in class, but he looks like a horse with a future. I’m not on him here, as I think he will be too far out of it early, but he is one I will keep an eye on for down the road.

Cajun’s Magic

It’s hard to knock this one’s record, with two wins and three seconds in five career starts. He’s also a stakes winner, having accounted for the Dr. Fager division of the Florida Stallion series back in July. The problem with his good record is the last four all came in restricted races. Now he steps up to graded competition, and has found a salty bunch with which to battle. Having been off for more than four months, I do look for him to be fresh and show some speed. He’s probably one of the most likely to go after Simplification early in the race. He has some talent, but as far as sticking around for the stretch run, I like others better.


This son of Nyquist deserves to be a big long shot against this field. His one win in five career starts came in a maiden race at Parx. In his other four starts he finished well back, including a Gulfstream Park allowance race last time. His only previous try in stakes company came in the Remsen, where he was beaten by more than 14 lengths by Mo Donegal. He is hard to recommend.

How to Watch the Holy Bull Stakes

Holy Bull Stakes Race Information
What Holy Bull Stakes (Grade 3)
Location Gulfstream Park
Time Saturday, February 5 — 5:10pm Eastern time
How to Watch TVG
Purse $250,000

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