Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Upstart, the 2-1 second pick,
pulled away down stretch to capture Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes at
The 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull, with nine 3-year-olds, had 3-1 third choice
Bluegrass Singer setting the pace. He led the closely bunched field up the
backstretch with Upstart and jockey Jose Ortiz right behind and 3-2 favorite
Frosted running fourth.
Upstart, trained by Richard Violette, easily moved to the lead entering the
stretch and proceeded to pull away to a 5 1/2-length win over Frosted with
Bluegrass Singer holding on for third.
“You never know if they make the grade from 2 to 3, but today it looks like he
stepped up,” said Violette.
Juan and Bina was fourth followed by Keen Ice, Frammento, First Down, Decision
Day and High Noon Rider who was eased. Dom the Bomb was scratched to run in
the earlier Hutcheson Stakes.
The time for the Holy Bull on a fast track was 1:43.61.
The victory was worth 10 points for Upstart to enter the Kentucky Derby on
May 2. The 3-year-old now has a total of 16 points in the Kentucky Derby
Owned by Ralph Evans, Upstart pocketed $240,000 with Saturday’s victory. He
has won three of five starts for $703,800.
Upstart won his first two starts, including the Funny Cide Stakes, at Saratoga
and was second in Belmont Park’s Champagne Stakes. He finished third in
the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1.
Upstart paid $6.20, $3.20 and $2.40. Frosted returned $3.00 and $2.40, and
Bluegrass Singer paid $2.80 to show.
Next for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream is the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 21 with
the Florida Derby on March 28.