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Dialed In Loses Florida Derby Prep

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Dialed In, prepping for the April 3 Florida Derby (G1), fell a 1/2 length short in his first start around two turns at Gulfstream Park on Sunday.

The nine furlong optional claiming event had a compact field of five and Reprized Halo set off for the lead through tepid splits of :24.96, :49.40, and 1:13.89.

Dialed In's uncoupled stablemate Equestrio was always well placed under Jose Lezcano and struck the front after the pacesetter gave way. The other Nick Zito charge opened up a three-length advantage in the stretch and was waiting for the competition.

Dialed In was comfortable sitting a few lengths off the pace near the back of the pack before splitting rivals turning for home. He angled out under Leparoux and had the place wrapped up when Equestrio veered out sharply shortly before the wire. The final margin of victory was a 1/2 length. The winner stopped the timer in 1:51.12 and paid $8.40 as the second betting choice.

Valerius was another 4-1/4 back in third and was followed by William's Kitten and Reprized Halo.

As for Dialed In, he was clearly second best against older rivals in his first start around two turns. This was nothing more than a tune-up for the Florida Derby (G1) and the promising, lightly raced son of Mineshaft should move forward on April 3.   


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Dialed In Loses Florida... I could'nt believe my self that his timing was so poor 1:51.12 +0.050=1:51.62, it was not timing for the horse going to ran kentucky derby, according to the time that he made in Holy Bull, he suppse to make time in 1-1/8 miles, 1:47.50, it was very strange, i think that run in Florida with older horse is just disguise, the actual speed that he has, is going to be seen in Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby. i am convinced that he can do that.
I have no idea what to do here, except I like Dialed In. Ever since watching his running style in his first two races, I was hooked! His little white shadow roll kind of got to me, as well. OK, I know, this isn't very scientific, but I am a total amateur, so, what can I tell ya! I think he got just a tad outgunned being thrown in with the older horses, and it wasn't his fault. It may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for him, though, since the next time out, he isn't likely to take anything for granted. Hopefully, his "fire" will be back, and we can see him emerge as the only real challenge to Uncle Mo. I can't help it...I just love this guy!
Leparoux said that he was very happy with Dialed In today despite the loss and he feels it is a good set up for the Florida Derby. Since Leparoux has never showed emotion about a horse, I am going to take his word on this one. He will still be on my list, at least until the Florida Derby is over.
Look back Dialed In's previous race. Speed that finished behind him that day have all come back to run well i(Mucho Macho Man, Gourmet Dinner). Tells me the Holy Bull was very 2010 Floriday Derby like (Ice Box the winner)
I know he got dirt kicked in his face and drizzled on.....he got stuck behind horses and overall got a huge education....but I was dissapointed to NOT see any fire in him.....he showed very little desire to win....and I personally think the desire to win is what makes a great race horse. I thought he had that before this race. I still think he's a really nice boy, but just not as great as I hoped.

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