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Nashua (G2) winner Cairo Prince
, Dania Beach (G3) winner Mr Speaker
undefeated Coup de Grace
and Gulfstream Park Derby runner-up Wildcat Red
are nominated and expected to run January 25 in the $400,000 Holy Bull
(G2) at Gulfstream Park.
The 1 1/16 mile Holy Bull is a major prep for Gulfstream's $400,000
Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) February 22 and the $1 million
Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) March 29.
Also nominated to the Holy Bull were Remsen (G2) winner Honor Code,
Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (G1) winner We Miss Artie, Bourbon (G3)
winner Poker Player and Gulfstream Park Derby winner General a Rod.
Cairo Prince, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, followed up his victory
Nov. 3 in the Nashua by being beaten by a nose in the Remsen by Honor
Code. The son of Pioneerof the Nile will be making his first start since
Those expected to meet Cairo Prince in the Holy Bull include Wicked
. Owned by Centennial Farms and trained by James Jerkens, Wicked
Strong, named in tribute to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, broke
his maiden in October at Belmont before finishing third in the Remsen by
only a half length.
Trainer Shug McGaughey is expected to saddle Mr Speaker in the Holy
Bull. The son of Pulpit won the Dania Beach impressively at Gulfstream
Dec. 21, but the Holy Bull will be his first start across dirt after
four races on the turf. Trainer Todd Pletcher is expected to saddle
Intense Holiday, a son of Harlan's Holiday who finished fourth in both
the Remsen and Nashua and fifth in the Champage (G1).
Coup de Grace has won his only two starts for trained Chad Brown. A
son of Tapit, the colt's last victory came Dec. 15 at Gulfstream over a
mile. Wildcat Red set all the fractions in the Gulfstream Park Derby
before being headed by General a Rod at the finish line on New Year's
Others looking at the Holy Bull include Our Caravan
Michael Dilger), Nashua runner-up Financial Mogul
(trained by Richard
Violette), Grey Stakes (G3) runner-up Big Bazinga
(trained by Katerina
Vassilieva), and Swynford Stakes winner Conquest Titan
(trained by Mark