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HALLANDALE BEACH (AP) — Upstart pulled away in the stretch and easily won Saturday’s $400,000 Grade 2 Holy Bull, one of the early races that will determine the field for the Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Jose Ortiz and trained by Richard Violette, Upstart finished the 1 1-16 miles at Gulfstream Park in 1:43.61 and returned $6.20. Frosted was second and Bluegrass Singer was third.

It was the third win in five starts for Upstart, who has never finished worse than third — and that was in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, a showing that strongly suggested he would be a factor on this year’s Triple Crown trail.

His next start could come in either the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream or the Gotham at Aqueduct, though Violette says no plan is yet in place.

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