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Dialed In Getting Ready for 2012 Campaign

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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, respectively.

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.


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I would make a substantial bet against that. It's more likely that he retires without winning another race.
Dialed In will be the 2012 Horse of the Year !!!

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