MINESHAFT’s Dialed In gave a hint as to his ability when he overcame a world of trouble to capture his debut at Churchill Downs in November. But the sophomore colt really thrust himself into the national spotlight with a dazzling last-to-first victory in the G3 Holy Bull S. at Gulfstream Jan. 30. Owned by Robert LaPenta and trained by Nick Zito, Dialed In came into the Holy Bull with just that single start under his belt.
“But Dialed In, a son of MINESHAFT, proved more than equal to the task,” said Daily Racing Form’s Mike Welsch. “Even after dropping nearly 15 lengths off the pace during the opening quarter-mile of the Holy Bull. Dialed In began to improve his position under jockey Julien Leparoux while saving ground around the turn, angled out well wide while continuing his bid entering the stretch, then seemed to hit another gear once switching leads at the sixteenth pole, quickly overtaking the leaders to win going away.”
The Blood-Horse’s Jack Shinar commented, “Facing an accomplished field in just the second start of his career, the late-running Dialed In will no doubt go to the top of the list of leading three-year-olds with his 1 1/2-length win.”
“What a horse!,” his Hall of Fame trainer exclaimed. “I’ve never had a horse do this. Break his maiden and then go into a stakes race like the Holy Bull and do what he did. To do something like that is very special.”
Zito confirmed the G1 Kentucky Derby is the ultimate goal for Dialed In, who was bred by Lane’s End Will Farish in partnership with Madeleine Pickens and Skara Glen Stables. Lane’s End sold Dialed In for $475,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.