Dialed In’s stunning last-to-first rally to win the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) last Sunday sent Pool Three Kentucky Derby Future wagering fans to the windows shortly before they closed that evening and made him the 5-to-1 second choice behind Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo at 3-to-1 with The Field third choice.
Trainer Todd Pletcher had indicated that DeBartolo Stable’s 6-year-old mare Life At Ten might make her season debut in next weekend’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park, but has found another option closer to her winter home at Palm Meadows, entered in Sunday’s $80,100 optional/allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.
While D’Funnybone will likely be a solid choice in Saturday’s $60,000 Sunshine State Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Gary Barber’s Coffee Boy beat him in their only previous meeting last summer in the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2). Not only does Coffee Boy enter the Sunshine State with a race under his belt, D’Funnybone makes his first start since last summer at Saratoga.
Nick Zito was nearly overcome by emotion at Gulfstream Park on Sunday afternoon, his voice quivering as he tried to put into words his reaction to Dialed In’s thrilling last-to-first triumph in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1). The Hall of Fame trainer found it easier to speak about his third Florida Derby victory during training hours at Palm Meadows Monday morning, but he still had difficultly describing the emotions that the late-developing 3-year-old colt evokes in him.
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