Dialed In broke awkwardly, lagged 15 lengths behind the field on the backstretch but still came storming home to win the Grade 3, $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes for three-year-olds Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
Under Julien Leparoux, Dialed In finished with a blaze in the center of the track to catch Sweet Ducky and Gourmet Dinner to win by a length and three quarters in 1:35.19 for the mile.
Dialed In is owned by Robert Lapenta and was bred in Kentucky by Will Farish, Madeleine Pickens and Skara Glen Stables. Trained by Nick Zito, he's a son of Mineshaft out of the Storm Cat mare, Miss Doolittle.
Dialed In broke from the outside post in the field of nine and took an odd step toward the outside rail. He quickly settled down but dropped well off the pace, some 15 lengths in the early going. Up front, Mucho Macho Man, Black N Beauty and Ribo Bobo battled through early fractions of 23.96 and 46.24, as Sweet Ducky and Gourmet Dinner stalked the leaders.
Turning for home, Dialed In started coming with a run while Sweet Ducky went to the outside and passed the leaders. But Dialed In kept coming and overtook Sweet Ducky late. Sweet Ducky outdueled Gourmet Dinner for second. Mucho Macho Man finished two lengths back of those two in fourth.
The Holy Bull was the second career start for Dialed In, who broke his maiden with another deep-closing effort at Churchill Downs November 12. He was the bettors' second choice for the Holy Bull behind Mucho Macho Man, who was coming off back-to-back second place efforts against one of the leading early Kentucky Derby contenders, To Honor and Serve.
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