Dialed In added his name to the list of contenders for this year’s Triple Crown when justifying his massive reputation with a last-to-first victory in the Holy Bull Stakes.
The son of Mineshaft was supplemented to the Grade 3 event after winning his maiden at Churchill Downs. However he took the step up in grade in his stride charging down the outside to beat a strong-looking field of more experienced rivals.
Trainer Nick Zito, who won the Holy Bull with subsequent Derby winner Go For Gin in 1994, had planned to run Dialed In in an easier race last weekend but decided to withdraw him when the track came up sloppy.
“He’s veryspecial,” said Zito. “I’ve never had a horse do this; go from a maiden special race to jump up and win a race like the Holy Bull.”
Dialed In is now a best-priced 16-1 with British bookmakers for the Kentucky Derby, where Breeders’ Cup winner Uncle Mo is 4-1 market leader.