Month: January 2011

Race Recap: Holy Bull Stakes

It has been a long day traveling through the great state of Indiana.  As the sun beamed rays of shining light throughout the day, the temperatures soared into the upper 40s and the snow covered fields began to peak out once again from underneath the thick layers of white.  Along the winding roads, my thoughts drifted to the Sunshine State and the results of the Holy Bull Stakes.  Upon entering my humble abode and watching the race online, I was filled with hope.  The outcome of the race was spectacular.  Mix in a beautiful day with events such as these and it begins to take on a whole new meaning.  Spring is steadily approaching and derby fever is beginning to spread.

As we stated earlier, it is early in the derby season and we weren’t going to read a great deal into this race, but it is hard not to.  Dialed In, trained by Nick Zito, broke terribly and at one point was 15 lengths back! He didn’t receive a call until well past the first quarter-mile.  However, under the patient riding of Julien Leparoux, Dialed In rallied and ran down his opponents one by one until he crossed the finish line victorious earning $240, 000 for owner Robert LaPenta.  Dialed In covered the 1 mile distance in 1:35.19, a 1 mile stakes record.  A strong run for a strong horse. 

It will be interesting to see how Dialed In progresses moving forward as well the other horses in the race.  The Grade II Fountain of Youth (Feb. 26) is the next big stakes race leading to to the Grade I Florida Derby (Apr. 3).  Although race-time favorite Mucho Macho Man did not win (4th), he turned in a strong performance under Eibar Coa.  Sweet Ducky (2nd) and Gourmet Dinner (3rd) battled down the stretch as well solidfying themselves as future competitors on the Florida circuit en route to Kentucky.  We need to reiterate once again that it is still early and all of the horses that competed today are capable of rebounding from this race.  But Dialed In turned in a stellar performance that has stamped him as a legitimate contender for the Kentucky Derby. 


Dialed In                       J. Leparoux             $7.40       $4.80       $3.60

Sweet Ducky                J. Bravo                                    $13.00     $6.60

Gourmet Dinner          S. Madrid                                                   $3.60

Congratulations to the winning connections of Dialed In.  We hope that all of the horses came out of the race healthy and we look forward to seeing them compete once again.  Compliments of, here is a link to watch today’s race.


The Morning Line: Holy Bull Stakes

In this the first edition of The Morning Line, we bring you the morning line odds for today’s Holy Bull Stakes.  Moving forward we will continue to bring you editions of The Morning Line before all upcoming derby prep feature races. 

For anyone that has yet to pick up your Daily Racing Form, the odds have been set.  I don’t see the betting public swaying the odds a great deal so look for Mucho Macho Man to remain the favorite once the horses are loaded into the starting gate. 

Post Time Prediction: Mucho Macho Man 2-1 favorite, followed by Gourmet Dinner @ 5/2

There are no changes to report as your field of nine horses remains in tact without any late scratches.  There is no rain expected in the area so count on the main dirt track surface to remain fast.  Based on the morning line odds, anticipate your tip sheet handicappers, writers, and experts to predict this to be a four horse race between Mucho Macho Man, Gourmet Dinner,  Black N Beauty, and Dialed In.

However, as we all have seen before, the road to the derby can be full of surprises.  So if your instincts are pointing you to an upset hold your ground because you may be right.  Good Luck to all riders, trainers, owners and fans. 

The road from Florida to Kentucky starts today! 

  • Gulfstream Park
  • Sunday, January 30, 2011 Race 10
  • Grade III Holy Bull Stakes
  • Purse: $400,000
  • Distance: 1 Mile
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Post Time: 5:26 ET       
1 Gourmet Dinner (FL) S. Madrid  S. Standridge L
ML: 3-1  120 Lbs 
2 Major Gain (KY) J. Castellano  W. Catalano L
ML: 8-1  120 Lbs 
3 Printing Press (KY) E. Trujillo  T. Pompay L
ML: 12-1  116 Lbs 
4 Black N Beauty (ON) K. Desormeaux  D. Romans L
ML: 6-1  116 Lbs 
5 Ribo Bobo (FL) E. Prado  M. Azpurua  
ML: 15-1  120 Lbs 
6 Leave of Absence (FL) R. Maragh  R. Violette, Jr. L
ML: 10-1  116 Lbs 
7 Mucho Macho Man (FL) E. Coa  K. Ritvo L
ML: 5-2  116 Lbs 
8 Sweet Ducky (KY) J. Bravo  K. Breen L
ML: 8-1  120 Lbs 
9 Dialed In (KY) J. Leparoux  N. Zito L
ML: 6-1  116 Lbs 

Holy Bull Stakes G.lll

And so it begins.

The road to the Kentucky Derby begins this weekend with the Holy Bull Stakes from Gulfstream Park.  This is the first of three graded races from the prestigious Florida race track that may eventually produce a Derby winner. Past winners of the Holy Bull Stakes include: Go For Gin (1994), Hal’s Hope (2000), Barbaro (2006).  Named after an American Hall of Fame thoroughbred, Holy Bull, winner of the 1994 Florida Derby, went off as the Derby favorite in 1994 before finishing 12th in the race.  Despite his loss, Holy Bull dominated the summer races and was eventually named 3 year old champion and Horse of the Year. 

A field of nine horses will enter the gate on Sunday to try to live up to the reputation of the great Holy Bull.  Despite the recent defection of probable favorite Boys at Tosconova, trained by Richard Dutrow, a solid field of 3 year old thoroughbreds will vie for the right to move onto the Fountain of Youth Stakes and eventually the Florida Derby. 

We are not reading too much into this race at the moment.  It is early in the Derby season and we are keeping a close eye on this race as the road to the Derby moves forward.  Mucho Macho Man has been tearing up the track at Gulfstream with blazing speed turning in consistent bullet works; his last clocked at :59 flat.  Black N Beauty trained by one of our favorite trainers Dale Romans is steadily improving and could be a threat this weekend.  And don’t count out Nick Zito. He always finds a way to Louisville on the first Saturday in May. He saddles Dialed In, son of multiple G.I winner Mineshaft.  Dialed In is 1 for 1 in his racing career but has not raced since Novemeber.  However, he does have red hot Julien Leparoux in the irons.

 $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III, Race 10, 5:26 p.m.), 3-Year-olds, 1 Mile
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Gourmet Dinner (FL), S O Madrid, 120, S W Standridge
2. Major Gain (KY), J Castellano, 120, W M Catalano
3. Printing Press (KY), E Trujillo, 116, T M Pompay
4. Black N Beauty (ON), K J Desormeaux, 116, D L Romans
5. Ribo Bobo (FL), E S Prado, 120, M J Azpurua
6. Leave of Absence (FL), R Maragh, 116, R A Violette Jr.
7. Mucho Macho Man (FL), E Coa, 116, K Ritvo
8. Sweet Ducky (KY), J Bravo, 120, K J Breen
9. Dialed In (KY), J R Leparoux, 116, N P Zito

We are leaving this decision to the bettors.  We like Black N Beauty and Dialed In to hit the board.  Mucho Macho Man may hold an advantage with his speed going only a one turn mile.  Only time will tell.

Kentucky Derby 137

Welcome Derby Fans,

The countdown to the running of the 137th Kentucky Derby is officially underway.

We are pleased to be here and present you with our undeniable knowledge (or so we think), tips, facts and fascinating insights to the tradition known as: The Fastest 2 Minutes in Sports. Through our years of wins, countless losses, mint juleps and experiences on the first Saturday in May, we hope to share our passion.

While you may not come as close to a teary eye during the playing of My Old Kentucky Home, tie your bow tie as well, throw as many programs, tear up as many tickets, or enjoy as many beverages we welcome you and hope to bring you as close to the Derby Day experience as possible.

With at least one of us making it to the downs for derby day since 1997, we are looking forward to getting you through the prep races and as excited as we will be on May 7, 2011. There will always be a seat open on our Handicapper Knee but we ask that you keep in mind: there are times when we will cheer inside the winner circle together and there are times when all there is to say is…… “up the track.”

The trail to the derby is full of thriving 3 yr olds, talented jockeys, trainers, owners and most importantly fans. The tradition is thick, the pressure intense, and the excitement plenty. Louisville, KY is a wonderful city to play host and it is a joy to be there. So, for those of you that have yet to reach the twin spires for the running of the Kentucky Derby, start your list, put it at the top and if it will be in 2011……See you there!

With this week officially putting us under 100 days until post time we ask you to get your reading glasses out because we are ready to announce “Riders Up”.