The $200K Holy Bull Stakes G3 at Gulfstream Park was won by GREATEST HONOUR - ridden by jockey Jose Ortiz, trained by Claude McGaughey III, and owned by Courtlandt Farms (Donald and Donna Adam).
A little slow out of the gate, GREATEST HONOUR, was tucked near the back of the field, while two longshots on the front end, WILLY BOI and TARANTINO, led the group through fractions of 23.28, 46.97, and 1:11.36. After three quarters, Jose Ortiz says go on GREATEST HONOUR, and launches a four-wide rally to sweep past leaders, grabbing the lead at the top of stretch, and ultimately pulling away for the win. It was a convincing victory.
PRIME FACTOR, the heavy favorite, was tracking leaders and improved to second, but failed to sustain his run and was blown past by the winner. He could do no better than third behind TARANTINO who kept on for second.
The final time was 1:43.19 for one mile and one sixteenth on the main track listed as fast. GREATEST HONOUR paid $7.60 to win, $4.40 to place, and $2.60 to show.
GREATEST HONOUR'S victory earned him 10 points for his Kentucky Derby campaign, and marks his second win in a row. He is by TAPIT out of TIFFANY'S HONOUR by STREET CRY. The win gave him a 101 Equibase Figure.
The Holy Bull Stakes is an important East coast prep for three-year-olds building their path to the Kentucky Derby. They are stretching out to two turns for the first time and learning to run without Lasix.
In the past, the Holy Bull Stakes has produced 2006 Kentucky Derby winner BARBARO and 2020 Kentucky Derby-placed TIZ THE LAW. Be sure to stay tuned because a number of these finishers will probably go on and compete in this month's Fountain of Youth Stakes or even train up to next month's Florida Derby — both at Gulfstream Park.
GREATEST HONOUR'S future odds have now changed to 15-1 (Circa Sports) and 16-1 (William Hill Nevada).