Let's look at the field for the 2019 Holy Bull.
1. Garter and Tie
Could not keep up with Mihos in the Mucho Macho Man, but he draws the rail in here and is definitely not out of it. He is a true rags to riches story as his sire stands for $2,500. Nicks is a sharp trainer and this one will sit the ideal rail stalkers trip in here. Should be on all your tickets.
2. Federal Case
Won his 1st two for fun, but his allowance win was against just four horses, so be careful about over estimating that one. With all the other speed signed on here, he just seems like too much of an ask. I'll pass.
3. Epic Dreamer
Beat Mihos in his maiden opener where he ran 2nd, then came back with a nice win in his 2nd start. Suffered through a nightmare trip at Remington in a race with a $400k purse and now shows up here. Irad takes the mount and he should get the inside stalkers trip with the 1 horse. I'm using him.
He's shown absolutely nothing since his maiden breaker and he's hard to like in here. He would be a real shocker, but I can't see him.
5. Harvey Wallbanger
Has run four pretty steady races and finally broke his maiden last time, but his breeding says more turf than dirt to me and I just don't think he can contend in here. I'll pass on the Galliano and on Harvey Wallbanger.
Made a huge move to mow them down in the Mucho Macho Man at this track, his numbers keep going up, and he has the right style to sit a trip. He will take some beating and is very hard to leave out.
7. Come on Gerry
He'll be out there winging, but unless he clears and gets the rail, this is a tall order. A nice longshot play if you think someone other than the 8 can wire them, but I think the class hike alone will do him in. No thanks.
8. Maximus Mischief
The obvious play in here. All three races were easy wins on the engine with high speed numbers, but I have some reservations. In his three wins he's beaten a total of fourteen horses, there is plenty of other speed in here, and it's hard to clear from the outside at Gulfstream. I can't blame those who like him, but I'm playing against.
9. Gladiator King
He shows a tendency to quit when challenged, two of his three wins are on grass, and there is plenty of speed in here. I give him no chance.
10. Going for Gold
The maiden on the outside has shown good early speed, but he has almost no chance to clear the other speed horses in here. I can't see it.
I think the key to the race is all the early speed that is signed on. I suppose the 8 horse could simply blast to the front and ease on down the road, but I don't see it that way. I'll be boxing the 1-3-6 in exactas and tri's and betting the 1 to win. Good luck to all who are playing!