|DIALED IN photo courtesy of horsephotos.com|
With his win in the Grade I Florida Derby on April 3rd, he proved once again that he can come from behind to breathe victory heat on the saddles of front runners who all but thought they had the race won.
He was 10 lengths behind at one time, but with his signature power closing kick, prevailed against SHACKLEFORD (who was 68-1 and led most of the race) and third-place finisher TO HONOR AND SERVE to win the million dollar race, raising his lifetime earnings to over $850,000 for owner Robert LaPenta. DIALED IN was purchased at Saratoga as a yearling for $475,000, so he's more than earned his keep, nearly doubling his sales value in his short lil racing career.
|Triple Crown Winner, undefeated ORMONDE|
This roan colt by MINESHAFT, out of the mare MISS DOOLITTLE is ridden by Julien Leparoux. He is trained by perennial crowd favorite, Nick Zito, whose horse ICE BOX won last year's Florida Derby, then came in second in the Kentucky Derby.
What I like about this horse: He's only raced 4 times, so he's not worn out yet, has a reputation for closing quickly; also he's a son of 2003 Horse of the Year MINESHAFT ... oh, and he's a grey horse. Wouldn't that be cool, to see a grey win the Derby? It's been a while since a roan/grey horse won -- I think perhaps it was GIACAMO who won in 2005...
other grey/roan Derby winners in recent years:
SILVER CHARM (1997)
WINNING COLORS (1988)
SPECTACULAR BID (1979)
Stay tuned, I'll be back with more spots about the Derby contenders, but so far, UNCLE MO is still the favorite despite running out of steam in the Grade I Wood Memorial this past weekend. DIALED IN is -- and has been -- ranked number 2 in many experts' polls this year.
See you at the Derby,
|photo of FIRST DUDE courtesy of photosbyZ|