Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law and Mucho Macho Man Stakes winner Chance It are prominent on a list of 24 nominations for the $250,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
The 34th running of the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds is an important prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park March 28 and will headline a Feb. 1 card with five stakes for 3-year-olds, four graded. The $150,000 Swale (G3), the $150,000 Forward Gal (G3), the $150,000 Sweetest Chant (G3) and the $100,000 Dania Beach will be supporting stakes to the Holy Bull.
Sackatoga Stable, which campaigned 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Funny Cide, own Tiz the Law, who captured the Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park by four lengths after winning his debut at Saratoga by 4 ½ lengths. Trained by Barclay Tagg, the son of Constitution closed out his 2019 campaign with a third-place finish in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs.
Shooting Star Thoroughbreds' Chance It made a victorious 3-year-old debut in the Jan. 4 Mucho Macho Man Stakes. The Saffie Joseph Jr.-trained son of Currency Swap was the hero of the 2019 Florida Sire Stakes series, winning two legs, including the $400,000 In Reality at the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Holy Bull.
Shadwell Stable's Ajaaweed, who finished a close second in the Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct Dec. 7, is among other prominent nominees. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the son of Curlin broke his maiden at Belmont in his second career start before finishing fourth in the Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland.
Trainer Patrick Biancone is represented by two promising colts on the list of nominations Ete Indien and Sole Volante.
Ete Indien made a winning dirt debut at Gulfstream Park Dec. 20 after a winning debut on turf and a troubled trip in the Bourbon (G3) at Keeneland. The son of Summer Front, who is owned by Biancone Racing LLC, D P Racing LLC, Linda Shanahan et al, shook off early pressure before drawing off to a 2 ½-length victory in the mile optional claiming allowance.
Andie Biancone and Limelight Stable Corp.'s Sole Volante, finished third in the Mucho Macho Man in his dirt debut after winning his debut and the Pulpit Stakes on turf.
Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Toledo, who finished second behind Ete Indien, and Screen Door Stables LLC's As Seen on TV, the second-place finisher in the Mucho Macho Man, are also among the more prominent Holy Bull nominees.
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