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$350,000 Holy Bull (G2) Quotes

Feb 3, 2018
Trainer Todd Pletcher (Audible): “We actually brought him down a little bit later because we were entered in the New York-bred stake, and then all the bad weather hit in New York and it got delayed and carried over. Elliott Walden said, ‘Why don’t we just take him down to Florida and see how he trains and go from there.’ Maybe it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The original plan was to run him in the New York-bred stake and then bring him down but when all the bad weather hit we came up with a different strategy and it seemed to work out well today.”

“We felt like he wanted more ground and he kind of showed that in his first race when he didn’t get away real quickly and retreated when the dirt hit him in the face and then rallied with a pretty strong effort. Then he came back and won two pretty impressive races after that, so we felt like more distance was definitely what he was looking for.”

“He really kicked. Javier said he kept him to task because he was kind of looking around a little bit and saw the tire marks and he didn’t want him to make a mistake. He really accelerated. The final time was quite good.”

“I don’t think he minds a little bit of moisture in the track, and the little bit of rain we had kind of had it nice and tight, but it wasn’t producing super-fast times on the day.”

“I think the question now is do you run him two more times or one more time and we’ll let him tell us kind of how he bounces out of this. He’s a very kind horse to train, very easy on himself in the morning. I love the way he came over here and handled everything. He was perfect in the paddock, post parade, gate – all those little intangibles that really help with horses that are pointing for big days.”

“We felt like we had talent and we were trying to decide which direction to go. We knew we wanted to get him down here, especially when the weather got bad mainly to have a more reliable training schedule. All of that went smoothly. He shipped in great, he trained really well when he got here so it kind of made it an easy decision that this was an easy race to target.”

Javier Castellano (Audible): I love the way he did it today, compared to our last race, because his last race he was still developing and bit laid back. I really had to ride him last time out and he’d give it to you. Today he was sharp and had tactical speed in the race and we could move and he’d give me everything I asked of him. I love these kinds of horses, you don’t get in trouble with them, where you can move quick and can put them in a good position. I love the way he did it today. I think Todd did a great job developing this horse and to win the way he did today is very impressive.”

“It’s only a mile and sixteenth today, but the way he galloped out was amazing. I look forward to the next race.” 

Jockey Luis Saez (Free Drop Billy, 2nd): “He ran hard. He tried hard. The winner was tough. Maybe after the layoff he got a little tired, but he tried. I think he’ll be ready for his next start.”

Jockey Robby Albarado (Tiz Mischief, 3rd): “It was hard making up any ground on the track. I think he’ll get a lot out of the race.”

Jockey Joel Rosario (Enticed): “I got a good trip. He just didn’t give me a run.”

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