Last weekends Holly Bull featured a solid field of both 3yr old with great potential, and those who were already well accomplished from a successful juvenile season. Horses like Gourmet Dinner, Sweet Ducky, and Mucho Macho Man were figured to run big, however it was the Zito colt, Dialed In, with only a maiden win to his credit, that was the hype of the field.
The son of Mineshaft amazed many, in his maiden victory, after encountering a troubled trip but unleashing such an acceleration, that despite running greenly in the stretch, the colt still won easily. In the Holly Bull the blue blooded colt dropped as much as 15 lengths off the pace, a death sentence for most closers at Gulfstream Park. But after the half mile pole, Dialed in began to close that distance like a locomotive. By the top of the stretch he was no longer in last, but had catapulted him past half the field, and was only a few lengths off of the new leader Sweet Ducky. Despite not switching leads until deep in the stretch, despite the biased, and despite being only a second time start the colt pulled on even terms and then powered clear to win by 1 1/2 length.
All in all impressive does not properly describe what Dialed in was able to do. He will no doubt move way up on many derby lists, including this writers. However, to put this colt in the top three like many are about to do is a little premature. Yes, it does take a special colt to do what he did in the Holly Bull, which is why he should move up. But, with the likes of Uncle Mo, To Honor and Serve, Boys of Tascanova, and Tapizar still looking strong, you have to ask yourself would Dialed In have been able to run any of those horses down in there prime?
Boys was supposed to run in the Holly Bull, but because Rick Dutrow concluded he did not seem to be showing his normal spunk, he withdrew him. Boys at Toscanova at a mile over Gulfstream would've been even tougher to run down than Sweet Ducky. He was a finalist in last years Juvenile Championships, and though some may doubt him getting 1o furlongs, he had already show that a mile was well within his scope.
Dialed In put in a phenomenal effort last Sunday that should move him up on Kentucky Derby lists around the nation. However he has yet display that kick against the most elite of three year olds, which is why everyone should hold off on moving him ahead of the likes of some of the 3yr old yet to debut.