Croll Suggests `Bull' Drugged For '94 Derby

April 29, 1997|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Jimmy Croll, the 77-year-old trainer of Holy Bull, says the 1994 Horse of the Year may have been drugged before his poor showing in the 1994 Kentucky Derby.

Croll has his suspicions why the gray colt, who went into the 1994 race at Churchill Downs having won seven of eight starts, including easy victories in two major Derby preps, the Florida Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes, finished 12th in a field of 14.

"They got to my horse," he said. "I know more than ever that Holy Bull was drugged."

Croll revealed that the FBI had interviewed him several months after the race, and that the questions dealt with the race. The FBI declined to comment.

Holy Bull was 8-5 in the Derby's morning line and then steadied at 3-1 most of the day before late betting sent him off at 11-5.

The first three finishers -- Go For Gin, Strodes Creek and Blumin Affair -- went off at 9-1, 7-1 and 14-1. A $2 exacta on Go For Gin and Strodes Creek was worth $184.80 and a trifecta on the first three finishers was worth $2,351.40.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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