MINESHAFT‘s son Dialed In had his connections dreaming of roses after this afternoon’s $1 million GI Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The Robert LaPenta colorbearer came into the nine-furlong race with two wins in three starts, including a tally in the G3 Holy Bull S., but was up against both a first-class field and a substantial speed bias. He overcame both in a stylish effort. Sitting last of eighth through the opening half, he began to take closer order heading into the far turn, but was still some seven lengths back at the quarter pole. Roused by Julien Leparoux, Dialed In came flying with huge strides and nailed Shackleford in the shadow of the line.
“I haven’t felt this emotional since [1991 Kentucky Derby winner] Strike the Gold,” said trainer Nick Zito. “He’s such a gift to do what he has done.” Bred by Lane’s End’s Will Farish with Madeleine Pickens and Skara Glen Stables, Dialed In was sold by Lane’s End for $475,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale.
Up next for Dialed In: the G1 Kentucky Derby!
Also today at Gulfstream, CANDY RIDE (ARG)‘s Grade 1-winning son Capt. Candyman Can defeated a graded-caliber field in the Sir Shackleton S., while yesterday, Sarah Farish’s hombred Island School, by A.P. INDY, finished second in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks.
Congratulations to all the connections!