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Meet the Contenders: 2023 Holy Bull Stakes

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February 2nd, 2023

Lord Miles - ***

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Lord Miles wins at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Lauren King/Coglianese Photos)

Pro: Has shown promise in two starts so far and could be well served by two turns.

Con: Beaten in Mucho Macho Man S., which was a below-par renewal time-wise.

West Coast Cowboy - **

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West Coast Cowboy wins at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)

Pro: Hails from same barn that won this race last year with White Abarrio.

Con: Long gaps between starts and didn’t fire facing Legacy Isle last time.

Shadow Dragon - *

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Shadow Dragon wins maiden (Photo by Coglianese Photos)

Pro: Mott barn doing well this meet, including upset score in last week’s Pegasus World Cup (G1).

Con: Up the track in New York-bred stakes last out and will be tested for class.

Cyclone Mischief - ****

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Cyclone Mischief wins at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)

Pro: Open-lengths winner of two starts, including one-mile allowance over this track.

Con: Weakening seventh in lone prior stakes attempt, the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).

Mr Bob - ***

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Mr Bob wins at Keeneland (Photo by Coady Photography)

Pro: Stakes-placed ex-claimer adds blinkers after slow start in Mucho Macho Man.

Con: One of several Mucho Macho Man alumni that will need to quicken.

Legacy Isle - ***

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Legacy Isle wins at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Ryan Thomspon/Coglianese Photos)

Pro: Has crossed the wire first in all three starts, though disqualified from last-out stakes win.

Con: None of his wins have been especially fast; career best needed here.

Il Miracolo - **

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Il Miracolo wins at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Lauren King/Coglianese Photos)

Pro: Has run well here at times and deserving of second chance around two turns.

Con: No factor in either of his graded stakes attempts.

Rocket Can - ****

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Rocket Can wins maiden at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

Pro: Showed significant improvement when stretched out during Churchill fall meet.

Con: Drew widest and good break needed to get early position.

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