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Romans Has Dewey Square Set for Holy Bull

31 January 2009: Trainer Dale Romans at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

After raising the expectations of trainer Dale Romans in his three-start fall campaign, Dewey Square will have the opportunity to prove himself Saturday in the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park.

The 1 1/16-mile stakes for Florida Derby (G1) and Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls has attracted a 10-horse field exceptionally deep in achievement and potential, led by undefeated Shanghai Bobby, the 2012 Eclipse Award-winning juvenile, and supported by multiple-stakes winners Bern Identity and Itsmyluckyday.

“I don’t remember all the Holy Bulls, but it’s a tough race,” Romans said. “But it’s time to get him started and see where he fits with the best.”

After breaking his maiden at Hoosier Park by nearly 12 lengths in September and capturing an entry-level allowance at Churchill Downs by four lengths a month later, Dewey Square stepped up to Grade 2 company to finish third in the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill on Nov. 24 after racing wide.

“He ran a good race. He’s still a little bit green,” Romans said. “I think he’s better now than he was then. He’s gotten a little more confidence, and he’s doing good.”

The son of Bernardini has trained well at Gulfstream Park and prepared for his start in the Holy Bull with a ‘bullet’ five-furlong workout in :59 1/5 last Saturday.

“I think he’s developed mentally more than anything,” said Romans of Dewey Square’s development since his last start. "He seems to have more confidence out there than he did back then.”

Corey Lanerie, who has the return mount aboard Dewey Square, will have options depending on how the Holy Bull unfolds.

“I think you can do anything you want him to do,” said Romans, who was honored with the Eclipse Award as outstanding trainer in 2012.

Tulira Castle On Track for Holy Bull

Trainer James DiVito pronounced Tulira Castle ready for a start in Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream, where he will meet undefeated Shanghai Bobby in the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds.     

“I think he’s coming around at the right time. He’s bigger and he’s more mature. We haven’t over-raced him and I think his development is good right now,” he said.

Tulira Castle is coming off an impressive 2 ¾ -length victory under Javier Castellano in a one-turn, entry-level allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 8. Previously, the son of War Pass raced on Polytrack at Arlington Park and Keeneland, producing a pair of seconds and a maiden score.

DiVito understands that Tulira Castle faces a huge task in the Holy Bull, but he has confidence that his Kentucky-bred colt won’t back down from the challenge.

“He’s a very, very aggressive horse. When he’s in company or in a race, he’s a horse that thrives on competition,” DiVito said. “It’s all about heart, just like with any athlete.”

Tulira Castle will make his first start around two turns in the Holy Bull.

“He seems to handle his works good and he handles the turns good,” DiVito said. “Castellano seems to think he’ll handle two turns good. His breeding said he should.”

 

 

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