Did you see Nick Zito’s colt Dialed In run past them all in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream over the weekend? If not, I highly suggest watching the above video. The son of Mineshaft registered perhaps the best win of any three-year-old so far this year when when he surged from 15 lengths back to score an easy win in the Holy Bull. He has a ton of learning to do. It’s scary to think that when he becomes a more professional race horse he will be even better. It sounds like someone has competition. Uncle Mo, I’m looking at you!
Jockey Julien Leparoux must of known he was sitting on a ton of horse. He never panicked the entire way and pretty much just rode him past the competition. The Holy Bull was the second win for this horse who broke his maiden first out at Churchill Downs (click here to watch). In that race he missed the break and blew the first turn before rallying from way back to get up in a race where he was clearly a ton the best. That win was just as impressive as the Holy Bull.
Nick Zito is now faced with a big decision. Does he wait for the Florida Derby on 4/3 or get a race between then and now? If he doesn’t then everyone will criticize him for letting the colt enter the Kentucky Derby after having only three races. If he does then he will catch heat if the colt comes up too tired in one of the Triple Crown races. The decision wont be easy to make and its easy for us all to sit back and say we would have done it differently after the fact.
If Dialed In were mine I would almost certainly race him again before the Florida Derby. We must remember that the Kentucky Derby is his ultimate goal. Entering that race without the proper experience could be costly. Although he has proved he can overcome a ton of trouble, I would like to see him put together a race without that trouble. I’d also like to see him get closer to the pace. Leaving him with too much to do on the First Saturday in May is not a smart idea.
Regardless of what Zito does I will understand why he does it. Further complicating matters is the fact that Dialed In will qualify for a $5.5 million bonus if he wins the Florida Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Click here to read more on that. I can’t wait to watch Dialed In run again. He is without a doubt one of the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby. What do you think of him? Leave a comment and let us know!