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Holy Bull

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Holy Bull, Mike Smith up (Barbara D. Livingston photo)
Holy Bull
Induction Year: 
2001
Foaled: 
1991
Breeder: 
Pelican Stable
Owner: 
Warren A. "Jimmy" Croll, Jr.
Trainer: 
Warren A. "Jimmy" Croll, Jr.
Sire: 
Great Above
Dam: 
Sharon Brown
Damsire: 
Al Hattab
Career Years: 
1993-1995
Starts: 
16
First: 
13
Second: 
0
Third: 
0
Earnings: 
$2,481,760.00

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Bio

Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male in 1994, Holy Bull was bred in Florida by Rachel Carpenter’s Pelican Stable. He was owned and trained by Jimmy Croll after Carpenter died prior to the horse’s career debut in 1993 at Monmouth Park.

 

Holy Bull broke his maiden in his first start and won all four of his races as a juvenile, including the Grade 1 Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park. He stretched his win streak to five with a victory in his first start as a 3-year-old in the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park in January of 1994.

 

Following his first defeat in his next start, the Fountain of Youth, Holy Bull rebounded to win the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes prior to the Kentucky Derby, in which he finished 12th. Holy Bull was then given time to rest and sat out the Preakness and Belmont before returning to the track to win the Metropolitan Handicap, defeating older horses Cherokee Run, Devil His Due and Colonial Affair.

 

The Metropolitan Handicap was the start of a six-race win streak for Holy Bull. He followed with victories in the Dwyer Stakes, Haskell Invitational, Travers Stakes and Woodward Stakes to close out his 3-year-old campaign with a record of 8-0-0 from 10 starts and earnings of $2,095,000. In the Travers, he held off late-charging Concern for a thrilling victory and in the Woodward he again defeated Devil His Due and Colonial Affair. Holy Bull was named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male.

 

Holy Bull returned as a 4-year-old in 1995 and won his first start in the Olympic Handicap at Gulfstream Park for his seventh consecutive victory. However, an injury in his next start, the Donn Handicap, brought an end to Holy Bull’s racing career with an overall record of 13-0-0 from 16 starts and earnings of $2,481,760.

 

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