02/06/2007 12:00AM

Holy Bull Stakes preview


Race 7 - Gulfstream Park
1 Mile
Holy Bull Stakes (Grade 3)
Purse $150,000.

NOBIZ LIKE SHOBIZ couldn't have been more impressive in winning the Grade 2 Remsen by open lengths in his final start at two, and the physically-imposing son of Albert the Great projects for a nice, outside stalking trip in the Holy Bull. He shows a bullet work over the surface in preparation for this start, and he should be triple-tough on Saturday.
SCAT DADDY handed the top pick his only career defeat in the Grade 1 Champagne at a one-turn mile at Belmont, and he was up close to a solid early pace before understandably tiring in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. These connections are very dangerous, and their charge may be on the engine in this spot. He wouldn't be a surprise at all. BOLD START overcame some traffic trouble in recent allowance score over this track and trip, and may be even sharper for his second start back. He has some stalking speed, but will be tested for class on Saturday.
SAM P. is the "other" Pletcher/Sciametta entrant, but he looked good winning an allowance at this distance at Churchlll Downs. He needs to improve from a Beyer standpoint in order to contend for win honors, however. DREAMS OF THUNDER has won three of his last four, but may need a bit more pace up front to adequately setup his late kick.

1. Nobiz Like Shobiz
2. Scat Daddy
3. Bold Start