Article - Chicago Tribune, July 22, 2000


Inside Horse Racing

By Neil Milbert, Chicago Tribune, July 22, 2000

Saturday Special: Saturday's main event will be the Arlington meeting's top dirt race for older horses, the Grade II $250,000 Washington Park Handicap.

The field of eight includes horses from California, Florida, Kentucky and Iowa, plus Tucuman, a member of the South American Thoroughbred Inc. stable that trainer Tom Tribolet has brought to Arlington for the summer from Argentina.

Mula Gula, a rags to riches son of 1992 Kentucky Derby winner Lil E. Tee from the barn of Northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorger, is projected as the 3-1 favorite.

Owner Steve Gula unintentionally bought the 4-year-old colt as a weanling for $6,000. He has gone on to earn $434,070, and Gula recently was offered $1.6 million for him.

"This will be essentially a prep race," Gula said. "If he wins or runs an enormous race, he's coming back Aug. 19 for the big race on the grass, the (Grade I $2 million) Arlington Million. If he doesn't run up to his capabilities, he will go back to my home in Seattle and run Aug. 20 in the Grade II Longacres Mile."



Mula Gula won the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Derby at Bay Meadows on September 25, 1999
and set a new course record.
Wikipedia record.


Mula Gula won the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby
at Santa Anita Park on October 23, 1999.
Wikipedia record.

Mula Gula won the Oceanside Stakes at the
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on July 22, 1999.
Web record.