The Grade III, $250,000 Holy Bull Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/16th-mile heat for three-year-olds, which offers 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner down to one point for running fourth, drew a field of seven led by the highly-touted TIZ THE LAW. The Holy Bull, carded as the 11th of 12 races, has an approximate post time of 5:04 p.m. ET.
#4 ETE INDIEN (6-1) is a live upset candidate in the Holy Bull. He was last seen going gate-to-wire over TOLEDO in a first-level allowance race over this course on Dec. 20. The speed figure ETE INDIEN earned in that start (his dirt debut) was impressive, as was his ability to fend off TOLEDO even as he drifted out down the lane. The son of Summer Front is drilling well for the Holy Bull; if Luca Panici can keep ETE INDIEN straight down the stretch he should be a handful. Expect him to try and set the pace once more.
#3 TIZ THE LAW (3-5, morning-line favorite) exits a third-place finish in a sloppy renewal of the Kentucky Jockey Club. It’s quite possible that the wet track inhibited him, but accepting this tiny price on him in the Holy Bull seems ill-advised. TIZ THE LAW deserves to favored off his four-length romp in the Champagne two-back, but not at this low a number. Manny Franco flies in for the call.
#1 TOLEDO (7-2) raced wide on the turn but was ultimately second-best to ETE INDIEN last time out. The extra 1/16th he picks up here wouldn’t seem to be a help to him. Worst of all, bettors are likely to notice his top-flight connections (Irad Ortiz Jr. riding for Chad Brown) and hammer his odds down. TOLEDO should only be used in the lower rungs of the exotics in this one.
The play: $3 exacta box 3/4, $4 win 4 ($10)
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