Alvarado guided Rocket Can in the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull similarly to how he did Art Collector, settling his mount just off the pace in the clear on the outside before making a move on the second turn. Sitting fifth, a couple of lengths off fractions of :23.92 and :48.84 set by Mr Bob, Rocket Can swooped into action with a four-wide bid on the second turn, pulling into third place as Legacy Isle, who had pressed the pace for the opening half-mile, took over the lead for a brief moment after six furlongs in 1:13.76.
Almost as quickly as Legacy Isle took the lead, he lost it to Rocket Can, who came into the stretch with about a length lead over his closing stablemate Shadow Dragon. Though the latter had momentum, he proved unable to gain meaningful ground on Rocket Can down the lane.
With a final sixteenth in :6.43, the winner was timed on a fast track in 1:44.97 — the slowest Holy Bull winner at the 1 1/16-mile distance Booklet won in 2002 in 1:46.16. The race was run at different distances from 2005-12.
Rocket Can paid $7.20 as the second favorite in the field of eight.
Alvarado notched his second victory in the Holy Bull after initially capturing the race in 2016 aboard Shadwell Stable's Mohaymen for Kiaran McLaughlin.
"The horse broke sharp, and I hustled out of there just to make sure I'm forwardly placed and he was there for me," Alvarado said of his mount, who started from the far outside. "I couldn't really save much ground (in) the first part because everybody had the same idea to get out of there running. I ended up being a little bit wide, but he was very kind. He was nice and relaxed the whole way around, so I was very pleased with what I had under me.