Dialed In, the last-to-first winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 30, was joined by Anthony’s Cross and Silver Medallion as first-leg qualifiers for the Preakness 5.5 bonus series after their respective stakes victories Saturday.
Eoin Harty-trained Anthony’s Cross captured the Robert E. Lewis Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita by a nose, while the Steve Asmussen-trained Silver Medallion captured the El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields by 1-1/4 lengths.
The Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream (G2) on Feb. 26 and the San Felipe Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita on March 12 will conclude first-leg qualifying for the Preakness 5.5, which offers $5.5 million in bonuses to the connections of a 3-year-old able to win a first-leg race before capturing either the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream on April 3 or the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 9 and following up with a triumph in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course on May 21.
Eoin Harty, trainer of Anthony’s Cross, said the colt will remain at Santa Anita. “There’s no reason to move him,” he said. “I’ve got to decide whether to give him one more start before the Santa Anita Derby or just sit and wait. It’s a long time between now and then so it takes some serious consideration.”
The Nick Zito-trained Dialed In heads a field of prospective starters in the Fountain of Youth, in which To Honor and Serve, Soldat, Gourmet Dinner, Casper’s Touch and Shackleford will attempt to join the Holy Bull winner as a qualifier in the Preakness 5.5.
Four 3-year-old fillies have already qualified in the first leg of the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 bonus series, including the Amy Tarrant-trained Pomeroys Pistol, the winner of the Forward Gal Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 30. The others are the John Sadler-trained Zazu, who won the Las Virgenes Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita on Feb. 5; the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Alec’s Moon, the winner of the Portland Meadows Oaks on Jan. 29; and the Duane Offield-trained Lilacs and Lace, who captured the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 1.
The second leg of the Black-Eyed Susan 2.2 includes the Davona Dale (G2) at Gulfstream on Feb. 26 and the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) on March 5. The third leg is The Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on April 4. The connections of a filly able to win in all three legs and continue on to capture the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) at Pimlico Race Course on May 20 would win $2.2 million in bonuses.