Grade 1 winner Dialed In, last year’s Florida Derby (G1) victor and Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite, has been retired will stand the 2013 breeding season at Darby Dan Farm.
“This horse will be as bittersweet of a story for me as I’ll ever have,” said trainer Nick Zito. “He showed how brilliantly gifted he was breaking his maiden at Churchill first-time out, and then winning the Holy Bull like he did in his second start, before of course winning the Florida Derby. But I truly believe with all my heart that this horse would have been in the Hall of Fame had he not had a nagging injury. I know the phrase gets overused in this game, but Dialed In was truly one of the best – if not the best – I ever trained. He was up there with Unbridled’s Song, Bellamy Road, Commentator, War Pass, all of them. I am passionate about him.”
A $475,000 Saratoga Select yearling purchase by Robert LaPenta, Dialed In is by A. P. Indy’s Horse of the Year, Mineshaft, and is out of the multiple stakes-producing Storm Cat mare Miss Doolittle, who is a daughter of Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Eliza.
Dialed In began his racing career with an eye-catching victory in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Churchill Downs in his 2-year-old debut. At 3, he validated his early reputation by winning the $400,000 Holy Bull S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park in just his second lifetime start. Dialed In flashed his dynamic turn of foot in the stretch to prove best over several top horses, including Mucho Macho Man, in 1:35 flat for the mile.
His biggest career win came later in the Gulfstream meet when Dialed In defeated a stellar group including To Honor and Serve, Shackleford, Stay Thirsty and Soldat in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1). Heading to Louisville, Dialed In was officially atop most experts’ Kentucky Derby (G1) lists, and he went off as the favorite in the Run for the Roses. After experiencing a troubled trip in the 19-horse Derby, he rallied to finish eighth, and followed it up two weeks later by finishing a close fourth in the Preakness S. (G1).
Dialed In, who retires with earnings of $941,936, has been acquired by a group led by Doug Cauthen of Doug Cauthen Thoroughbred Management LLC, and Robert Hammond, General Manager of Darby Dan Farm.
“I have a great feeling about Dialed In,” said Cauthen. “He’s a gorgeous horse who exudes class, and his pedigree is top notch. Throw in his raw talent, as displayed by his acceleration in his graded stakes wins, and it makes him a very exciting stallion prospect. To launch his career at Darby Dan alongside Shackleford in 2013 only adds to the synergy of this deal.”
LaPenta will maintain an equity position in Dialed In, and will support him with mares. “Dialed In is the most talented and exciting horse I’ve ever owned, and with his pedigree and physical presence, I just had to stay in the deal so that I could breed mares to him and help make him a success again in his new career,” he said.
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