Dialed In charges from last to first to win Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park
A star, possibly a superstar, emerged from the Holy Bull on Sunday at Gulfstream.
Dialed In, who had won only a maiden sprint in Kentucky, made an electrifying last-to-first surge to win the $400,000 Grade 3 stakes. The style in which Dialed In won, coming from more than 15 lengths behind to sweep past a classy field loaded with stakes horses, had his owner, Robert LaPenta, comparing him to recently named Horse of the Year Zenyatta, who won 19 of 20 races in the same style. There is no higher praise.
Trainer Nick Zito, who has won two Kentucky Derbys, as well as almost every other stakes race in the country, put Dialed In in a class of his own. “He’s just amazing. I’ve had a lot of horses, but not many horses who could break their maiden then beat horses like this.”
Dialed In appeared to be in a race of his own early. As Black N Beauty set the pace with Rio Bobo and Mucho Macho Man in close attendance, Julien Leparoux allowed Dialed In to drop so far back his situation seemed hopeless.
Mucho Macho Man, the 2-1 favorite, moved to challenge Black N Beauty going to the far turn and Sweet Ducky soon joined them. Meanwhile, Leparoux had Dialed In closing the gap with every stride.
He had the leaders measured by mid-stretch and ran past them inside the eighth pole as if he were running downhill while they were running uphill.
Dialed In, the 5-2 second choice, completed the mile in 1:35.19, a length and a half clear of Sweet Ducky with Gourmet Dinner another head back.
Zito said he plans to proceed with caution with his 3-year-old but there is a strong possibility he will remain at Gulfstream for the April 3 Florida Derby because of a $5.5 million bonus if he wins the Florida Derby, then the Preakness at sister track Pimlico.
While Dialed In was building a reputation, highly touted filly Dancinginherdreams had hers slightly tarnished by finishing three-quarters of a length short of catching front-running 9-1 shot Pomeroys Pistol in the $200,000 Grade 2 Forward Gal.
Dancinginherdreams, who was bet down to 6-5 off two impressive wins in Kentucky, was sixth of seven early in the seven-furlong sprint. Leparoux swung her wide entering the stretch and she closed resolutely but Paco Lopez on Pomeroys Pistol had opened enough of a lead to hold on in 1:22.89.