Thursday, June 8, 2017

Belmont Stakes On Saturday - Death of Holy Bull

Jonabell Farm announced this afternoon that stallion Holy Bull, at 26, was euthanized today due to the infirmities of old age.  Holy Bull will be buried on Jonabell Farm.

   Saturday, 10 June, will see the running of the third leg of the Triple Crown races.  Neither of the winners of the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes will be running in the 1 and 1/2 mile race at Belmont Park.  Originally, it was thought the betting favorite would be Classic Empire, who was announced to be training for the race soon after the Preakness.  However, Classic Empire developed an abscess in the bulb of his off fore foot earlier this week, and was not officially entered.
   Eight of the twelve entries in the Belmont Stakes have run in either the Derby or the Preakness.  Here is a list of the entries, their morning-line odds, and their sires and grandsires:
1     Twisted Tom    20 to 1     Creative Cause     Giant's Causeway
2     Tapwrit              6 to 1      Tapit             Pulpit
3     Gormley            8 to 1      Malibu Moon        A. P. Indy
4     J Boys Echo     15 to 1     Mineshaft       A. P. Indy
5     Hollywood Handsome    30 to 1      Tapizar       Tapit
6     Lookin At Lee    5 to 1     Lookin At Lucky      Smart Strike
7     Irish War Cry     7 to 2      Curlin      Smart Strike
8     Senior Investment      12 to 1       Discreetly Mine     Mineshaft
9     Meantime          15 to 1     Shackleford      Forestry
10   Multiplier          15 to 1     The Factor        War Front
11   Epicharis             4 to 1     Gold Allure      Sunday Silence
12   Patch                 12 to 1     Union Rags      Dixie Union

Nine of the colts were bred in Kentucky, with Twisted Tom from New York, Irish War Cry from New Jersey, and Epicharis from Japan.  All are full males, except for gelded Twisted Tom.  Tapwrit is the only grey horse in the field, with four chestnuts and seven bays.
   Note that Epicharis was being treated for lameness on Thursday morning.

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