Dialed In stormed from last with a stirring stretch rush to capture Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1), providing trainer Nick Zito with his third victory in Gulfstream Park’s signature race, as well as an exciting candidate to collect a third triumph in the Kentucky Derby.
Dialed In’s third victory in only four starts proved to be one of highlights of Zito’s Hall of Fame career, which included Kentucky Derby victories by Strike the Gold (1991) and Go for Gin (1994) and triumphs in the Florida Derby with High Fly in 2005 and Ice Box last year.
One day after saddling five winners, including Gulfstream Oaks (G2) heroine R Heat Lightning and Rampart (G3) winner Awesome Maria, trainer Todd Pletcher got right back to his winning ways on the Sunday’s Florida Derby Day program at Gulfstream Park.
To Honor and Serve was widely touted as the horse most likely to pose a danger to Uncle Mo this spring, but his popularity took a considerable hit after fading badly to finish a distant third in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 26.
How is the Bill Mott-trained colt going to challenge the unbeaten Eclipse Award champion if he couldn’t put up a stronger showing against less acclaimed 3-year-olds?
Harvey Clarke and partners’ Soldat, winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), and Robert LaPenta’s Holy Bull Stakes (G3) winner Dialed In will be the choices in Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park.
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