Sunday, January 30, 2011
DIALED IN CLOSES FAST FOR VICTORY IN HOLY BULL
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In, making only his second career start, closed from approximately 15 lengths off the pace under jockey Julien Leparoux, to win the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) by 1 ½ lengths over Sweet Ducky. Gourmet Dinner was a head behind in third.
Trained by Nick Zito, Dialed In, a son of Mineshaft, covered the mile in 1:35.19. The victory makes the colt eligible for the Preakness 5.5 bonus, which awards a horse $5.5 million if he can win a series of races, including the Holy Bull, culminating in the May 21 Preakness (G1)
Trainer Nick Zito (Dialed In): “He’s very special. I’ve never had a horse do this -- go from a maiden special race to jump up and win a race like the Holy Bull. I wasn’t that surprised that he was so far back early (15 lengths). I had a good feeling and confidence in Julien (Leparoux) to let him be in the right place and then get into the mix. I just wanted him to get out (of gate) clear and settle. I’m not sure what will be next. The idea is just to get him there (Kentucky Derby).”
Owner Robert LaPenta (Dialed In): “There’s a long way to go, but this certainly puts him on the (Derby Trail). Nick did an incredible job training this horse up to this race, getting him ready and not rushing him. This had to be one of Nick’s best training jobs.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux (Dialed In): “Actually I did expect to be that far back. Nick (Zito) told me just to leave him alone and drop to the rail and that’s what I did. He said just to be patient. When I asked him, he really ran on well. This is obviously a very nice horse.”
Jockey Joe Bravo (Sweet Ducky): “You know with this horse is he doesn’t win he’s going to give you 110%. Kelly Breen has done a great job with this horse and he ran a great race today. This was the best race of his life. We weren’t going to beat the winner today. They paid half a million ($475,000) for him for a reason. Hats off to Nick Zito.”
Jockey Eibar Coa (Mucho Macho Man): “He was a little sharp today. He’s been working sharp and came out a little sharp. Breaking from the outside, I didn’t really have a place to cover him up so he went a little too fast too soon. I was never able to get him to relax. At a one turn mile that happens sometimes. I think he would have relaxed if it was two turns. He’ll be ok.”
Jockey Julien Leparoux (Dialed In): “Actually I did expect to be that far back. Nick (Zito) told me just to leave him alone and drop to the rail and that’s what I did. He said just to be patient. When I asked him, he really ran on well. This is obviously a very nice horse.
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