Race of the Week 2017

Dialed In Storms Home in Holy Bull

Dialed In, Holy Bul top story
Photo: Bob Mayberger
Dialed In, more than fifteen lengths back in the early running under Julien Leparoux, unleashed a strong rally to win Sunday's Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Robert Lapenta's well-bred colt (Mineshaft-Miss Doolittle by Storm Cat) began his career with a visually impressive sprint score at Churchill Downs in November and scratched out of a recent wet track local Allowance race won by Soldat. Veteran trainer Nick Zito opted to wait for today's Holy Bull and his patience was rewarded.

[Dialed In is zooming up the 2011 Kentucky Derby contender chart.  Where should he rank now?]

Black N Beauty mixed it up on the front end with Mucho Macho Man and Ribo Bobo through a quarter in :23.96. Gourmet Dinner moved up along the inside to get into contention after a half in :46.24. Dialed In was still last at this point.

Sweet Ducky started his wide move after six furlongs in 1:10.33 and Dialed In advanced to 5th and was moving sweetly.

Sweet Ducky had the lead in the lane but Dialed In switched leads and spurted clear to win going away by 1-1/2 lengths.

The head-bob battle for the place went to Sweet Ducky with Gourmet Dinner three clear of the rest.

Mucho Macho Man finished 4th and was followed across the line by Black N Beauty, Leave of Absence, Printing Press, Major Gain, and Ribo Bobo.

Dialed In completed his flat mile journey around one turn in 1:35.19 and paid $7.40 to win. 


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The Gulfstream main track did seem to play fair on Sunday. Quiet Temper also rallied to win the 7th race.
MD, I agree with Humphrey, I think there's little doubt the pace collapsed to some degree. How much it helped Dialed In, only time will tell.
Thanks for pointing that out arazi. The lack of a run up is the main reason that the hidden fraction between the 1/4 and 1/2 was quick. Others suggested a pace collapse and I was using the fractions to show that the pace of the Holy Bull was not out of line with the other main track races run that day.
Regarding fractions, Gulfstream has that unusual timer setting for one mile, with no run up. So it's best to compare fractions only to other 1m races at GP.
"At stud, Mineshaft has four graded stakes winners from four crops of racing age. He has several winners at 1 1/8 miles, but none at 1 ¼ miles or further"
Fractions from the six dirt races at GP on 1-30. R2 - 6.5f Alw (22.39, 45.09, 109.48), R5 - 8f MSW (24.03, 47.17, 1:11.60), R7 - 7.5f Alw (23.38, 46.82, 1:10.99), R8 - 7f Forward Gal (22.34, 44.69, 1:09.30), R10 - 8f Holy Bull (23.96, 46.24, 1:10.33), R11 - 6.5f Claiming (22.22, 44.57, 1:09.03). The evidence shows that the Holy Bull had the second slowest opening 1/4 and the 4th fastest 1/2 and 3/4s. Sweet Ducky finished second behind Dialed In and he was less than two lengths behind at the 1/4 and two lengths back at the 1/2 so it does not appear that the pace collapsed. Can Dialed In sustain his strong sprint kick around two turns? We shall see. ·
I am still wondering if this was not a surrogate victory from a pace collapse versus a real run...I would take this with real caution unless it is repeated.
It looks like a 96 BSF for Dialed In.
Bardiggler, you are spot on that things did set up for Dialed In a bit. Still, it was an impressive race. I agree with everything you said except "not a Derby contender yet". Got news for all. Well bred, Zito, win over the track (CD), impressive Derby trail win, impressive closing win which people love and equate with more distance... this guy just about has it all. He's already smack into the Top 5 Derby contenders... and we'll never see 5-2 on him again, until he gets clobbered.
Not a Derby contender yet but a horse that can rate, close, & flashes speed is one that should be on our radar. The Zito barn does seem to have success around this time of year and then flattens out over the summer. Thoughts?
Looked like a collapse after some blistering fractions (23.96 & 46.24) but he did make up a lot of ground and overtook some quality horses. Sweet Ducky is no chump, he rated well but hung a bit. Mucho Macho Man got caught up in that quick pace & Gourmet Dinner I guess one would say finished a strong 3rd. All in all Dialed In & Leparoux definitely took advantage of a hot pace but showed some nice signs of tactical speed and yes effort.
Have to admit I did not see that coming. Not that he didn't have a ton of promise but he seemed up against it in his second career start at a one-turn mile over a speed conducive surface. When he was 15 back I thought forget it, but he closed powerfully, switched leads, and won going away. Exciting prospect!
Will have to see if this was pace collapse or real effort
Jumps into top 5 easily...probably number 2 for me. Very impressive performance.

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