Updated on 09/17/2011 10:45AM

Holy Bull can give a look at who's for real

Unbeaten colt Added Edge trains Thursday at Gulfstream Park for the Holy Bull Stakes.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Some of the heavier hats have not yet been tossed into the ring. Toccet, Trust N Luck, and Sky Mesa are tucked away quietly in their stalls. And there are probably a few other 3-year-olds who soon will have an impact on the Kentucky Derby trail but who have yet to be unveiled.

Yet generally speaking, the $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes should be a revealing first step on Gulfstream Park's road to the Derby. By numbers alone, the 13 who will run Saturday in the Grade 3 Holy Bull illustrate the wide-open status of south Florida's 3-year-old division.

Two unbeaten colts, Added Edge and Funny Cide, drew at opposite ends of the starting gate, getting posts 1 and 13. Both are deserving of solid play at the betting windows, but both face easily the toughest tests of their young careers.

"We hadn't really planned on running in this race, but he came around so quick, and here we are," said Mark Casse, trainer of Added Edge, who has won his four starts by a combined 20 lengths. "This is an awfully nice colt. Obviously we'd love to get him farther along the Derby trail by having him run well Saturday."

While Casse had to be satisfied with Added Edge getting the rail, it comes as no surprise that Barclay Tagg, trainer of New York-bred Funny Cide, said he "hated" his colt being assigned the far outside post in the 1 1/16-mile race.

"This is just too tight a little track to get that kind of post," said Tagg, who said Funny Cide, a three-time winner, nevertheless is likely to run "because he's doing so well."

Starting between the two unbeaten horses are a generous number of colts who also rate as strong possibilities to emerge as classics contenders by running well in the Holy Bull.

Bham, a Boston Harbor colt trained by Todd Pletcher, makes his first start since finishing a strong second to Toccet in the Remsen in November. Pletcher said Bham has been flourishing at the trainer's main winter quarters at the new Palm Meadows training facility in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Powerful Touch, owned by Stronach Stables, puts a modest two-race win streak on the line for trainer Ken McPeek, who was a prominent figure during the Triple Crown chase last year. The Holy Bull will be the stakes debut for Powerful Touch, who will be ridden by Jorge Chavez from post position 4.

Christmas Away, a gray colt who bears an uncanny resemblance to his sire, Skip Away, will revert to late-running tactics under Pat Day, said trainer Pat Byrne. In his last start, the Tropical Park Derby, Christmas Away was "a little too eager" making his grass debut, said Byrne. "Saturday we're going to try to get him to relax early, which is how he does his best running."

Other notable starters include Boston Park and Seek Gold, who represent the stables of D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito, respectively. Between them, Lukas and Zito won five of the nine Kentucky Derbies run between 1991 and 1999.

The rest of the Holy Bull field is Patriotic Flame, Not for Profit, Flank Attack, Offlee Wild, Supervisor, and Spite the Devil.

The Holy Bull, named for the 1994 Horse of the Year, previously was known as the Preview Stakes. The race frequently produces major contenders for the two Grade 1 races that come later in the Gulfstream series: the Fountain of Youth, which will be run Feb. 15, and the Florida Derby, set for March 15.

Toccet, Trust N Luck, and Sky Mesa are are all expected to run in the Fountain of Youth.

The Holy Bull goes as the 10th of 11 Saturday races, with post time set for 5:10 p.m. Eastern. Five allowance races are also carded, including a first-level allowance route for 3-year-olds (race 5).

First post is 1 p.m. The live entertainment is Eric Burdon and the New Animals.

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