It has been a long day traveling through the great state of Indiana. As the sun beamed rays of shining light throughout the day, the temperatures soared into the upper 40s and the snow covered fields began to peak out once again from underneath the thick layers of white. Along the winding roads, my thoughts drifted to the Sunshine State and the results of the Holy Bull Stakes. Upon entering my humble abode and watching the race online, I was filled with hope. The outcome of the race was spectacular. Mix in a beautiful day with events such as these and it begins to take on a whole new meaning. Spring is steadily approaching and derby fever is beginning to spread.
As we stated earlier, it is early in the derby season and we weren’t going to read a great deal into this race, but it is hard not to. Dialed In, trained by Nick Zito, broke terribly and at one point was 15 lengths back! He didn’t receive a call until well past the first quarter-mile. However, under the patient riding of Julien Leparoux, Dialed In rallied and ran down his opponents one by one until he crossed the finish line victorious earning $240, 000 for owner Robert LaPenta. Dialed In covered the 1 mile distance in 1:35.19, a 1 mile stakes record. A strong run for a strong horse.
It will be interesting to see how Dialed In progresses moving forward as well the other horses in the race. The Grade II Fountain of Youth (Feb. 26) is the next big stakes race leading to to the Grade I Florida Derby (Apr. 3). Although race-time favorite Mucho Macho Man did not win (4th), he turned in a strong performance under Eibar Coa. Sweet Ducky (2nd) and Gourmet Dinner (3rd) battled down the stretch as well solidfying themselves as future competitors on the Florida circuit en route to Kentucky. We need to reiterate once again that it is still early and all of the horses that competed today are capable of rebounding from this race. But Dialed In turned in a stellar performance that has stamped him as a legitimate contender for the Kentucky Derby.
Dialed In J. Leparoux $7.40 $4.80 $3.60
Sweet Ducky J. Bravo $13.00 $6.60
Gourmet Dinner S. Madrid $3.60
Congratulations to the winning connections of Dialed In. We hope that all of the horses came out of the race healthy and we look forward to seeing them compete once again. Compliments of drf.com, here is a link to watch today’s race.