Mr Speaker Might Try Dirt in Holy Bull

Mr Speaker Might Try Dirt in Holy Bull
Photo: Arron Haggart/Eclipse Sportswire

Mr Speaker, who made a sharp run up the rail to land the Dania Beach Stakes (G3) on the Gulfstream grass in his local bow on December 21, will likely get a chance to test the main track next time in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) on January 25, according to trainer Shug McGaughey.

“He came out of the race really well,” McGaughey said. “I’m going to work him from the pole at Payson on the dirt. I’d like to take [jockey Jose] Lezcano up there and work him in behind a horse to see how he handles the dirt in his face. If he handles it and breezes well, I’d like to take a shot at the Holy Bull. The timing is good, and we know he can run on the grass. He’s always trained fine on the dirt, so I would think that we’d be okay.”             

A homebred for the Phipps Stable, Mr Speaker is a son of Pulpit. His dam Salute, a royally bred daughter of Unbridled and Personal Ensign, hit the board in both the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) and Tempted Stakes (G3) on the Aqueduct dirt as a juvenile.  

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