Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In breezed three furlongs in 35 flat Monday
morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito in his second recorded
workout this winter as the 2011 Florida Derby (G1) hero gets ready for
another campaign and first start since finishing fourth behind
Shackleford in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico on May 21.
A son of Mineshaft, Dialed In won the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3)
going a mile here in late January in just the second start of his career
after an impressive maiden score at Churchill Downs. Following his
Florida Derby victory over Shackleford, he was made the lukewarm
favorite at 5-to-1 for the Kentucky Derby (G1), but had a rough trip
finishing eighth behind Animal Kingdom.
Zito has another promising 3-year-old prospect for LePenta on the trail
this year in Casual Trick, who finished a game second by a half-length
in Sunday’s $100,000 Gulfstream Park Derby while making the third start
of his career after an impressive maiden score at Churchill downs in his
previous start. The son of Bernardini was a $425,000 Keeneland
September yearling purchase.
Also notable on the Monday morning work tab at Palm Meadows was a
leading candidate for this year’s Holy Bull Stakes to be run on Sun.,
Jan. 29 as trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Starlight Racing’s 3-year-old
Algorithms for an easy half-mile breeze in 50 flat. The son of
Bernardini has won both of his starts, his debut at Belmont Park last
June and a 6 ½-furlong allowance here at Gulfstream on Dec. 16.
Pletcher had another stable star working Monday morning as E. Paul
Robsham Stable’s 5-year-old mare
Awesome Maria was timed five furlongs
in 1:00 3/5. The Kentucky homebred daughter of Maria’s Mon won all four
of her starts in 2011, beginning with the Sabin Stakes (G3) and Rampart
Stakes (G2) here early last year by 4 ¾ lengths and eight lengths,
A roan/gray filly, Awesome Maria appeared headed to leadership in the
filly and mare division with victories in the Shuvee Handicap (G2) in
May and Ogden Phipps Handicap by three lengths in June 18 at Belmont
Park, but hasn’t raced since then.
Awesome Maria suffered a condylar fracture in her left foreleg while
training toward a start in the Ruffian Invitational (G1) at Saratoga in
late July. She was operated on by Dr. Larry Bramlage at the Rood and
Riddle Equine Clinic in Lexington, Ky. with two screws inserted,
according to the Blood-Horse magazine report.
Troilus Posts Impressive Allowance Victory Sunday
Peachtree Stable’s 4-year-old Troilus looked good winning the seventh
race ‘two other than’ allowance Sunday by 1 ¼ lengths over Endorsement
going a mile while defeating a strong field under jockey Elvis Trujillo,
his third straight victory for trainer Marty Wolfson.
“He keeps improving all the time,” said Wolfson after the race “His
last race was very good and he overcame trouble to win today over a good
field. I don’t know what will be next for him, probably a ‘three other
than’ (allowance). You know me (rather than stakes race).”
Troilus is a son of Eclipse champion sprinter Speightstown purchased
for $250,000 at the Keeenland September yearling sales by John Fort’s
Peachtree Stable, a longtime client of Wolfson’s. Troilus made his first
three starts last spring and summer for mid-west-based trainer Steve
Margolis, including second and third-place efforts in maiden special
races at Saratoga.
“He (Fort) uses several trainers and moves horses around from one to
another,” explained Wolfson. Troilus came to Wolfson in September at
Calder and broke his maiden by 7 ½ lengths going five furlongs on Oct.
30 then followed with a one-mile allowance tally over the Gulfstream
track by 2 ¼ lengths on Dec. 8.
Peachtree Stable’s ‘Happy New Year’ wasn’t over with Troilus’ allowance
victory as trainer Wayne Catalano sent out Peachtree’s 3-year-old filly
Sacristy for a 1 ¼ lengths victory in the $100,000 Old Hat Stakes (G3)
under jockey Kent Desormeaux in the ninth race.
Sacristy is a daughter of Pulpit purchased for $125,000 at the Saratoga
yearling sales and was making her fourth career start over a fourth
different track. Following runner-up efforts at Arlington Park and
Keeneland over Polytrack surfaces, she was very impressive breaking her
maiden on dirt at Churchill Downs on Nov. 10 by 6 ¾ lengths.