Every year, there is a horse that throws a monster race in its final tune-up for the Kentucky Derby. In the past few years, those horses have included Quality Road, Belamy Road, Eskendereya, and Ice Box. This year, that special performance belongs to Dialed In after his thrilling victory in the Florida Derby. I am not saying that he will not win or even race in the Kentucky Derby like some of the above, but the manner in which he won on a speed favoring track was eye numbing.
Shackleford and To Honor and Serve broke alertly and went to the lead with Arch Traveler following closely behind. The two carried the field and continued to lead a solid half mile in :46.35. Coming around the final turn, Dialed In was so far back that he wasn’t even on the screen. Once Julien Leparoux let Dialed In go, he shot by horse after horse picking off Soldat, Flashpoint and To Honor and Serve. Shackleford was much more determined and stubborn than the rest and Dialed In was barely able to get past him by a nose in the final few jumps.
If there is one thing to nitpick about the performance, it is that the final furlong was very, very slow. Regardless, it was very impressive and even though the final furlong may have been slow for Shackleford, it was not for Dialed In.
The morning line favorite Soldat never looked comfortable behind horses and when Alan Garcia asked him for something at the top of the stretch, he had nothing to give.
1 – 7 Dialed In $7.80 $4.80 $4.00
2 – 5 Shackleford $36.60 $15.20
3 – 2 To Honor and Serve $4.20
$2 Exacta – 7-5 – $339.60, 1$ Trifecta – 7-5-2 – $710.80
Also Rans: Flashpoint, Soldat, Arch Traveler, Stay Thirsty and Bowman’s Causeway
In other 3-year-old races at Gulfstream Park, Travelin Man tracked the leader and drew off by two lengths in the Swale and R Heat Lightening throttled the Gulfsteam Oaks field by over 8 lengths. The Todd Pletcher trained filly will likely be the favorite along with Kathmanblu in the Kentucky Oaks.
Written By: Fundanichols