AUDIBLE (c, Into Mischief–Blue Devil Bel, by Gilded Time) proved much the best in Hallandale Saturday with an ultra-impressive victory in the GII Holy Bull S., earning 10 points towards a start in the GI Kentucky Derby. A $175,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling turned $500,000 FTFMAR juvenile, he was given a 3-1 chance to make it three in a row in this stakes bow. Pressing from a joint second through an opening quarter in :23.59, the bay rode the rail in third as longshot Master Manipulator (Tale of the Cat) put up a half in :47.14. Overtaking that rival on the backstretch run, Audible was immediately joined by GISW Free Drop Billy (Union Rags), but quickly disposed of that foe in the stretch, charging clear to a five-length victory in 1:41 4/5. Free Drop Billy held second over stablemate Tiz Mischief (Into Mischief) and favored GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. hero Enticed (Medaglia d’Oro) was fourth. Third on debut sprinting against fellow Empire-breds at Belmont in September, Audible earned his diploma next out going a mile at Aqueduct against native New Yorkers Nov. 15. He was last seen crushing an optional claimer field by 9 3/4 lengths in a one-mile off-the-turfer over this strip Dec. 6.
Saturday, Gulfstream Park
HOLY BULL S.-GII, $350,000, GP, 2-3, 3yo, 1 1/16m, 1:41.92, ft.
1–AUDIBLE, 116, c, 3, by Into Mischief
1st Dam: Blue Devil Bel, by Gilded Time
2nd Dam: Fahamore, by Gulch
3rd Dam: Cathy’s Gal, by Easy Goer
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN. ($175,000
Ylg ’16 SARAUG; $500,000 2yo ’17 FTFMAR). O-WinStar Farm
LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd. and SF Racing LLC;
B-Oak Bluff Stables, LLC (NY); T-Todd A. Pletcher; J-Javier
Castellano. $208,320. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-1, $287,720.
Click for eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Werk Nick Rating:
C+.2–Free Drop Billy, 122, c, 3, Union Rags–Trensa, by Giant’s
Causeway. ($200,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Albaugh Family
Stables LLC; B-Helen K. Groves Revocable Trust (KY); T-Dale L.
Romans. $67,200.3–Tiz Mischief, 118, c, 3, Into Mischief–Indivia, by Tiznow.
($55,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP). O-Frank L. Jones, Jr.; B-T/C Stable,
LLC (KY); T-Dale L. Romans. $33,600.
Margins: 5HF, 7 3/4, 1HF. Odds: 3.20, 3.30, 3.10.
Also Ran: Enticed, Pony Up, Tip Sheet, Bandito, Master Manipulator, Aequor. Scratched: Mississippi, Hollywood Star.
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