Lally Stable’s 3-year-old Saratoga Sinner stamped his credentials as a Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect when he edged away to win Saturday’s $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park by three-quarters of a length at 14-1 over Bear Stable’s longshot pace-setter Bear’s Rocket.

A son of 2002 Florida Derby (G12) winner Harlan’s Holiday, Saratoga Sinner had broken his maiden last out over the track and 1 1/8 miles distance on Jan. 7 after a fifth- and third-place finish in two starts last year at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Saratoga Sinner stalked the pace set by Bear’s Rocket from the backstretch and went on to give jockey Julien Leparoux his third winner on the card and seventh in two days here.

Lori and George Hall’s West Side Bernie rallied for third, three lengths behind the runner-up, and John Oxley’s Beethoven checked in another half-length back in fourth in the field of 10. Lansdon Robbins III and Sam Delaney’s Danger to Society was sent off the favorite at 9-5 but retired to finish seventh after racing close to the leaders early.

Saratoga Sinner paid $26.80 to win and was timed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:51:45 over the fast track.

Winning Jockey Quotes

Julien Leparoux:

“Everything was good today. Exactly, what I wanted. We started good, broke good. I just tried to stay with Kent (Desormeaux on Bear’s Rocket)) the whole time and not lose (touch of him). We didn’t have a lot of room. We got some around the three-eighths pole, but Kent got an excellent ride from his horse and made it real tough. I was just trying to stay in good position. It worked out at the end for all of us. I don’t know what’s next. Hopefully, I have a future with him and ride again.”

Robby Albarado (Danger to Society): “I wish I knew what happened. He had some adversity early. He got behind horses. He was clear at the three-eighths pole and he just had no response.”

Calvin Borel (Beethoven): “It was good for him. He needed this race. He got a little tired at the end, but he came back okay.”

John Velazquez (Idol Maker): “We had good position, he just had no finish.”


Winning Trainer Quote

Eddie Kenneally:

“After he broke his maiden in his last race, Julien (jockey Leparoux) came back and said he’s even better than he showed. He ran a little green that day. So we decided that we go ahead and step him up to this race rather than run back in an allowance race. He’s had two wins over the track at 1 1/8 miles, so we’ll definitely be pointing for the Florida Derby (Mar. 28). I don’t know if he’ll run again before then, but he won’t go back to a one-turn race again.”


Losing trainer quotes:

Ken McPeek (Danger to Society) – “Robby said he was in there tight and he never got comfortable. That’s how it goes sometimes. We’ll just wait and see before deciding on our next race.”

John Ward (Beethoven) – “The post hurt us and giving eight pounds to the winner and second-place finisher didn’t help either. I’m happy with his race overall. We’ll just have to see about what to do next. I may have to try and get another race into him (before Florida Derby).”



Reade Baker (Bear’s Rocket, second) – “He’s a nice horse. I didn’t give the jockey (Kent Desormeaux) any instructions (about going for the lead). I let him ride them and he let’s me train them. I thought he ran a super race. We have another horse, Bear’s Prospector, who was just second to the winner. We’re down here to get to the (Kentucky) Derby and now it looks like we have two good ones. I’d like to wait to run him back in the Florida Derby, but that will be up to the owner (Danny Dion).”


Fractions:

23:62, 47:88, 1:12:73, 1:38:20 & 1:51:45