Holy Bull may skip Preakness for 'Met'

May 13, 1994|By Bill Finley | Bill Finley,New York Daily News

OCEANPORT, N.J. -- Holy Bull, beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby, may be headed to the May 30 Metropolitan Mile at Belmont and not the Preakness, trainer Jimmy Croll said yesterday.

If so, it would be another blow to the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, which also has lost Santa Anita Derby winner Brocco, the beaten second choice in the Derby.

Croll, racing's newest Hall of Fame trainer, said he will decide between the May 21 Preakness and the Met Mile in the next few days, but would not say which direction he was leaning. He appeared to be leaning toward the Met Mile.

"We'll go to either the Preakness or the Met Mile," he said from his barn at Monmouth Park. "Both races have their pros and their cons, I realize that. The Met Mile is easier to get to and it gives me more time with the horse. We'll let him tell us what to do. From a selfish standpoint, it would be a lot easier to just ship up and run in the Met Mile."

Holy Bull would be facing older horses in the Met Mile, but 3-year-olds have a history of success in the race mainly because they get 14 pounds from older horses on the scale of weights. Croll nearly won it with then 3-year-old Housebuster, who finished second behind Criminal Type in 1990.

Holy Bull arrived at Monmouth on Tuesday and Croll reports the horse is doing fine. He says Holy Bull isn't acting anything like a horse who ran five days ago, which is understandable since he never exerted himself in his 12th-place effort.

Brocco, who finished fourth in the Derby, will skip the Preakness and wait for the June 11 Belmont Stakes, trainer Randy Winick told the Daily Racing Form.

Winick said he prefers to give his horse extra time and thinks the Belmont, at a longer distance and normally with a smaller field than the Preakness, would be a better fit.

"The timing of the Belmont is better and the Broccolis [owners of the horse] live in New York," Winick told the Form.

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