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Dialed In - Gulfstream Park 30.01.11

Dialed In: Florida Derby winner will stand at Darby Dan Farm

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Grade 1 winner Dialed
In to Darby Dan Farm

GRADE 1 winner Dialed In has been retired to stand at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky.

A $475,000 Saratoga Select yearling purchase by Robert LaPenta, Dialed In won a 6 1/2 furlong maiden at Churchill Downs on his two-year-old debut and returned at three to take the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes.

His biggest career win came later in the Gulfstream meeting when Dialed In defeated the likes of To Honor and Serve, Shackleford and Stay Thirsty in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. Consequently, the son of Mineshaft was sent off favourite for the Kentucky Derby and rallied to finish eighth despite enduring a troubled trip. He followed it up two weeks later by finishing fourth in the Preakness Stakes.

"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."

Dialed In, who retires with earnings of $941,936, is out of the Storm Cat mare Miss Doolittle, a granddaughter of two-year-old champion Eliza. He 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. LaPenta will maintain an equity position in Dialed In and will support him with mares.

"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."

A stud fee for Dialed In will be determined and announced at a later date, along with all Darby Dan stallions. Dialed In will participate in Darby Dan's "Share the Upside" programme, which was successfully used in 2012 with American Lion.

 

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