Gulfstream Park Kentucky Derby Prep Race Holy Bull Picks for Saturday 2/4/23

Horse Racing Picks from Gulfstream on Saturday, Feb. 4 - Holy Bull Stakes.
Horse Racing Picks from Gulfstream on Saturday, Feb. 4 - Holy Bull Stakes. / Associated Press

The $250,000 Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes is a notable Kentucky Derby prep race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Holy Bull is Race 12 at Gulfstream Park with post time 5:43 p.m. ET.

The top 5 finishers in the race will earn Kentucky Derby qualifying points (20-8-6-4-2).

FanDuel Racing has you covered for the biggest racing days and events. Check out the Holy Bull Stakes field and the picks for Gulfstream's featured 1 1/16 mile race Saturday.

Also review the program for scratches and changes, and monitor the weather and track conditions with rain in the forecast in Hallandale, FL

(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure in selected races, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races after adjusting for track, distances, and conditions).

Holy Bull Picks

According to numberFire horse racing projections, these are the best bets to make at FanDuel Racing today. Additional Holy Bull analysis from Horse Racing Nation.

1. Cyclone Mischief and Rocket Can, Race 12

FanDuel Racing Odds: 2/1 and 7/2

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Race 12 is the $250,000 Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. The numberFire data projects the favorite Cyclone Mischief (2/1) to win ahead of Legacy Isle (7/2) and Mr. Bob (10/1). Several of the 8 runners entered in here exit the Mucho Macho Man Stakes run 5 weeks ago.

Legacy Isle will go to the front, but he lacks late-race stamina that is needed to move forward after he crossed the finish line first in the 1-mile Mucho Macho Man Stakes but was disqualified to second place for interference in the deep stretch.

Cyclone Mischief was most impressive in his nearly 6-length win here a month ago and top speed figure (101). The well-bred son of Into Mischief showed strong BRIS Pace/Speed Rating Figures throughtout. No value in win betting, but still a top contender.

Lord Miles (4/1) finished a hard-charging 3rd in that race just a half length behind Legacy Isle. Lord Miles has a rider change to the meet's top jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. for the meets leading trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr,. who also conditions West Coast Cowboy (12/1).

Mr. Bob is a top longshot pick with strong stretch rider Joel Rosario taking over. Mr Bob went to his knees at the start and was steadied and unable to press as preferred when finishing 6th in the Mucho Macho Man at half these odds.

Rocket Can (7/2) is a win contender who faced tougher runners last summer before breaking his maiden over a sloppy surface at the end of October. That experience and track surface can benefit him off his close second place finish and improved speed in an Allowance race at this distance a month later at Churchill Downs.

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