2011 Triple Crown Preview – Dialed In
We really don’t know a whole heck of a lot right now about Dialed In, but what we do know is that horse racing betting fans are going absolutely crazy right now with this horse, as he is sure to be one of the morning line favorites for the race along with Uncle Mo.
3-1-0, 4 Races
Robert LaPenta came very, very close to claiming his first Kentucky Derby last year with Ice Box, and he is hoping that he can get the job done with Dialed In this year instead. He has trusted Nick Zito with a number of his horses, and he hopes that the Hall of Famer is going to be to lead his top colt to victory this year for the bed of roses. Though Zito has had an absolutely phenomenal career, he really hasn’t run that well here at the Derby when push has come to shove. He won this race with Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go For Gin in 1994, two of the best champions that this illustrious track has seen in quite some time, but he hasn’t tasted the winner’s circle since that point.
To make matters worse, jockey, Julien Leparoux hasn’t won a Kentucky Derby either in his career. This is his fifth mount for the Kentucky Derby in his career, and he has never even put a horse on the board before, putting an immense amount of pressure on these two minutes for his career. This is clearly the best shot that he has ever had to win a Derby.
Leparoux was the jockey aboard Dialed In for all four of his lifetime races, just two of which were stakes races. We’re a little concerned about the fact that he wasn’t able to beat a very weak field in a prep race at Gulfstream Park, but in the two biggest prep races of the year there, the Holy Bull and the Florida Derby, he was able to close over two lengths in the stretch to come up roses.
Part of the problem that Dialed In will have in this race is the fact that he has never run in a race with anywhere near this many colts. We know that he is going to be coming from off of the pace, which does bode well, knowing that he has gained over three lengths on the lead in all of his races in his career. He maneuvered around nine other horses in a prep race as a two year old and got around seven others to win the Florida Derby, including Triple Crown contender, Shackleford, whom he nipped by a head to win the race.