Pedigree Spotlight: Alternation, Dialed In & Premier Pegasus

Zipse’s Kentucky Derby Daily – Day 61

Pedigree Spotlight written by Scott Dick

Alternation has been a model of consistency, finding the winners circle three times in four career starts. Boasting a perfect record at Oaklawn Park, Alternation is coming off two impressive victories. The Donnie Von Hemel trainee started 2011 off with a bang, defeating Derby hopeful Elite Alex in an allowance race at Oaklawn. He followed that win up with an even more impressive performance, making a sweeping move to the lead at the top of stretch, Von Hemel's colt cruised to a 3 ¼ length victory. So far Alternation has done nothing wrong in defeating two allowance fields at Oaklawn. But now it's time to see how much class and talent this colt has. His next start will most likely be in The Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. It will be his first attempt in stakes company.

Alternation is sired by Distorted Humor. Distorted Humor was a lightning fast horse, who was best going around one turn. A multiple grade II winner, Distorted Humor nearly broke the track record for 7 furlongs at Keeneland in the 1998 Commonwealth Breeder's Cup Stakes. As good as he was as a race horse, he's been even more impressive in the breeding shed.

Distorted Humor is the sire of 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide. He's also the sire of grade I winners Drosselmeyer (last year's Belmont Stakes,) Commentator, Flower Alley, Any Given Saturday and multiple grade II winners in the filly Hysterical Lady and the colt Regal Ransom.

The dam of Distorted Humor is Danzig's Beauty. Danzig's Beauty was a very talented filly, and won the grade II Gardenia Stakes. She also ran a credible 2nd place finish in the grade I Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park.

Danzig's Beauty has produced six winners, including the filly Dancing Gulch. Dancing Gulch was able to run a distance of ground, winning the Coconut Grove Stakes at the distance of 1 mile and 1/8th at Hialeah. She won a total 7 races in 20 starts and over $ 215,000.
Alternation's dam is Alternate. Alternate was a very consistent filly, reaching the winners circle 6 times in 23 starts. She scored back to back wins in the 1 mile and 3/8th's Robert G. Dick Memorial Breeder's Cup Handicap.

Alternate is a daughter of the great Seattle Slew. One of the greatest race horses of all time, Seattle Slew is the only horse ever to win the triple crown with an undefeated record. Seattle Slew is the sire of champions, A.P. Indy, Slew O'Gold, Capote, Surfside, Swale, Vindication, and Landaluce.

The dam of Alternate is Strike A Balance. Strike a Balance has produced 9 winners, including the Canadian Horse of the Year and millionaire Peaks and Valleys. She also produced the unraced mare Equilibrate. Equilibrate has produced 7 winners, including the 2002 Tampa Bay Derby winner Equality.

Alternation has royal bloodlines with champions in his pedigree. The 10 furlong Derby distance should not be an issue, both his sire and dam were able to get a distance of ground. He's yet to step into stakes company and has to answer questions about his class. He's not posted huge speed figures as of yet and hasn't faced the toughest competition. If he can live up to his pedigree, I could see this colt taking big leaps in his quest to the Kentucky Derby.
Dialed In has been Dialing up some impressive performances in his three career starts. He broke his maiden in his first start, running under the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, Dialed In closed from last to win impressively. He started out 2011 with a bang, breaking last again, Dialed In made his move at the quarter pole and showed a ferocious kick to take the grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He defeated Derby hopeful Gourmet Dinner, who went on to run a strong 2nd place finish to Soldat in the Fountain Of Youth Stakes. Dialed In ran yesterday, against older horses in an allowance race at Gulfstream. He sat off a slow pace and made his move at the top of the stretch, but his stablemate, 4 year old Equestrio was already gone. Dialed In made up good ground against a very slow pace to only lose by a ½ length. It was a minor setback, and he has plenty of room to improve.

Dialed In's sire is Mineshaft. A son of the great A.P. Indy, Mineshaft was named Horse of the Year in 2003, despite only two years on the track. Unraced at two, he started his career in Europe, before coming to the U.S. late in his three-year-old season. At four, Mineshaft won four grade I's, including three in a row in New York, sweeping the Suburban Handicap, The Woodward, and The Jockey Club Gold Cup.

As a young sire, Mineshaft is the sire of Dwyer winner, Fly Down, and A.U. Miner, who won the marathon Greenwood Stakes at Parx Race Track. Mineshaft is also the sire of Discreetly Mine who won the grade I Kings Bishop stakes at Saratoga. He also won the grade II Amsterdam Stakes by an impressive 8 lengths.

The dam of Mineshaft is Prospector’s Delite. Prospector’s Delite was a tough horse in her own right, a multiple grade I winner, with wins coming in the Acorn Stakes and the Ashland Stakes. Prospectors Delite has produced five winners, all of them have won over $100,000 in purse money. She is the dam of Tomisue’s Delight. Tomisue’s Delight is a multiple grade I winner, with wins coming in the 1997 Ruffian Handicap and the 1998 Personal Ensign Stakes. She also was an impressive 2nd in the 1997 Kentucky Oaks. She is the dam of the grade I winning colt Mr. Sidney.

The dam of Dialed In is Miss Doolittle. Miss Doolittle has produced five winners including the sprinter Hometown Boy. Hometown Boy won four races in his career and purse money totaling over a $149,000.

Miss Doolittle is sired by the great Storm Cat. She is out of the mare Eliza. Eliza was a dynamite filly, winning the 1992 grade I Breeder's Cup Juvenile Fillies, and the 1993 grade I Santa Anita Oaks. She also ran a credible 2nd in the 1993 Kentucky Oaks. She was named champion two-year-old Filly in 1992. Eliza has produced 8 winners.

Dialed In has been ultra-impressive in his short career so far. He's only started three times, so he's light on experience and has yet to be in a dog fight. I believe his talent is limitless and with his pedigree he should be able to handle the classic 10 furlong distance. A little more race experience could lead to Dialed In, dialing his way to the Churchill Downs winners circle!
Premier Pegasus has been a model of consistency in his four career starts. He recorded three wins in his two-year-old season, capping his year off with a dominating performance in the grade III Hollywood Prevue Stakes. The Cho Myung Kwon trainee started this season in the grade II San Vicente, where he pressed the fast pace of The Factor and faded slightly to finish 3rd, beaten 3 ¼ lengths.

Premier Pegasus is sired by Fusaichi Pegasus. Fusaichi Pegasus was a fiery horse who once flipped over during a training session for the 2000 Kentucky Derby. But that fire in the Pegasus's personality translated to the track, winning the 2000 Kentucky Derby before being defeated in the Preakness. Fusaichi Pegasus also recorded wins in the grade II Wood Memorial and the grade II Jerome Stakes.

Fusaichi Pegasus has been a very useful sire. He's the sire of turf millionaire and grade I winner Champ Pegasus. Champ Pegasus won the grade I Clement Hirsch at the 10 furlong distance; he also won the grade II Del Mar Handicap at the distance of 1 mile and 3/8th's. Fusaichi Pegasus is also the sire of Roman Ruler, who won the BC Juvenile and the Grade I Haskell Stakes. Rule has been his top son to date.

The dam of Fusaichi Pegasus is Angel Fever. Angel Fever has produced 3 winners, including Bonus Fever. Bonus Fever won over $400,000 in his race career. Fusaichi Pegasus is sired by the great Mr. Prospector. Mr. Prospector is the sire of many champions and millionaire's including, Seeking The Gold, Rhyme, It's In The Air, Homebuilder, Gulch, Forty Niner, Educated Risk, Dancethruthedawn, Aldebaran, Afleet, and Chester House.

Pemier Pegasus's dam is Squall Linda. Squall Linda has produced 4 winners including the colt Street Hero. Street Hero won the grade I Norfolk Stakes at a distance of 1 mile and 1/16th's at Santa Anita. Squall Linda was sired by Summer Squall. Summer Squall was undefeated at 2. At 3, he won the Preakness Stakes, the Jim Beam Stakes, the Bluegrass Stakes, the Pennsylvania Derby, the Fayette Handicap, and the Kentucky Breeder's Cup Stakes. As a sire Summer Squall produced dual Classic winner Charismatic, and as a broodmare sire, he produced champion Summer Bird.

The dam of Squall Linda is Glimmer Glass. Glimmer Glass won 7 of her 20 career starts. As a broodmare she has produced 7 winners including, Kohen With a K, who   won 10 of his 59 starts, and purse money totaling over $247,000.

Premier Pegasus is a very quick race horse, but he's yet to go around two-turns and has yet to shown the ability to rate. If Premier Pegasus wants to find himself in the starting gate in the first Saturday in May, he will need to improve off his last race. He has the pedigree to run all day, now we'll see if he has the talent.

Meet Brian Zipse

Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, American Pharoah and Justify. Before coming to HRN, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. His racing partnership venture, Derby Day Racing, invites more fans to experience the thrill of racehorse ownership.

The Editor of Horse Racing Nation from 2010-2017, Brian authored a daily column as Zipse at the Track, created the popular racing webcast HorseCenter, and added his editorial flare to the overall content of the website. Now a Senior Writer for HRN, Brian continues to contribute his thoughts on racing, as well as hosting HorseCenter. A big supporter of thoroughbred aftercare, he serves on the Board of The Exceller Fund.

Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars and is a Vox Populi committee member. He is a voter for racing's Hall of Fame, as well as a weekly NTRA poll voter. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.

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