Holy Bull Stakes and Hostalric

The Holy Bull Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Run in late January, it is open to three-year-olds over a current distance of one and one-sixteenth mile. The Grade II event is a prep for the Florida Derby and has, as of this writing, a $400,000 purse.

Inaugurated in 1990 as the Preview Stakes, it was created as a replacement for the Flamingo Stakes that ceased to exist following the closure of Hialeah Park Race Track. In 1996, the Preview Stakes was renamed in honor of U.S. Racing Hall of Fame horse Holy Bull.

Since its inception, the race has been contested at various distances: 1 mile : 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012 11/16 miles : 1991-2004; 2013 to present 1⅛ miles : 1990, 2005–2006, 2009 1³/16 miles (9.5 furlongs) : 2008

This race was upgraded to a Grade II for its 2014 running.

Contents 1 Records 2 Winners of the Holy Bull Stakes since 1974 3 Special Bonus 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Records

Speed record: 1-1/16 miles - 1:41.62 - Go For Gin (1994) {most common distance} 1-mile - 1:35.19 - Dialed In (2011) 1-1/8 miles - 1:49.31 - Barbaro (2006)

Most wins by a trainer: 3 - Nick Zito (1994, 1995, 2011) Winners of the Holy Bull Stakes since 1974 Special Bonus

Paths to $5,500,000 Preakness Bonus: 1) win Holy Bull Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes 2) win Fountain of Youth Stakes + win the Florida Derby + win The Preakness Stakes 3) win Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes 4) win San Felipe Stakes + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes 5) win El Camino Real Derby + win the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes

Paths to $550,000 XpressBet Bonus: 1) run in Holy Bull Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes 2) run in Fountain of Youth Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes 3) run in Robert B. Lewis Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes 4) run in San Felipe Stakes + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes 5) run in El Camino Real Derby + win, place or show in the Florida Derby or win, place or show in the Santa Anita Derby + win The Preakness Stakes Note: In 2011 Shackleford won for the $550,000 Xpressbet Bonus. See also Road to the Kentucky Derby

Hostalric and Holy Bull Stakes

Hostalric is a village in the province of Girona and autonomous community of Catalonia, Spain. The municipality covers an area of 3.39 square kilometres (1.31 sq mi) and as of 2011 had a population of 4030 people.

Contents 1 The Parish church of Santa Maria 2 The Castle of Hostalric 3 See also 4 References

The Parish church of Santa Maria Parish church of Santa Maria in Hostalric, Spain.

Placed at the foothills of the castle hillock, the church of Santa Maria was first mentioned in 1217. There are no remains of the original temple, which was enlarged at the end of the 14th and the middle of the 15th centuries. The present building, which retains a gothic air, was built between the end of the 16th century and the first quarter of the 17th century. It consists on one nave and polygonal chancel, chapels between buttresses and groin vault. On the outside, the standing features are the renaissance and baroque decoration of the facade and the bell tower, with square floor-plan, constructed around 1620 by Master Bernat N. de Mataró. The church was plundered and burned down in 1809, during the Independence War and in 1936, at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. The Castle of Hostalric

The castle is built on a basalt hill and records of it date back to the twelfth century. Its importance grew because of its strategic position, controlling the Royal Way (Cami Ral) between Barcelona and Girona, and the fact that Hostalric became the administrative capital of the viscountcy of Cabrera. It was the scene of numerous battles in mediaeval times and the old castle virtually disappeared as a result. The original design for the modern fortress was the work of Francisco de Santa Cruz, a military engineer in the service of the Archduke Charles. Work on the construction of the fortress we see today was completed between 1794 and 1795 and it became an important point of resistance against Napoleon's army during the Peninsular War (1810-1814). In 1929 the castle's garrison was transferred and Hostalric ceased to be of military significance. In 1963 the castle and the town's walls and towers were declared a Cultural Site of National Interest. See also Siege of Hostalric
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