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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Dialed In Competition: Less than Impressive Lately

3/3/2011

Dialed In will be in a field of five on that includes three older horses on Sunday, but the group hasn't accomplished anything major recently.

Leparoux retains the mount on Dialed In as he bids for his third victory in as many starts.  Zito had Dialed In entered in a nine-furlong ‘a other than’ allowance on Jan. 21, but scratched after the track came up very ‘sloppy’ as Soldat went on to an easy victory. Zito opted instead to run Dialed In in the Grade III Holy Bull, which he won in another remarkable performance.

Zito felt that it would be too much to ask the talented colt to come back just four weeks later in the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes.

In order to help insure that Sunday’s race would be carded, Zito also entered Thoroughbreds Legends Racing Stable’s 4-year-old Equestrio, a son of Elusive Quality that won an ‘a other than’ allowance early in the meet.

Dialed In’s most accomplished rivals are 4-year-old William’s Kitten with Rajiv Margh aboard for trainer Mike Maker and 3-year-old Reprized Halo to be ridden by apprentice J.L. Alvarez for trainer Manny Azpurua, both horses with stakes experience.

William’s Kitten is a Kentucky homebred by Kitten’s Joy that won the Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs in 2009 and finished eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, beaten 4 3/4 lengths by the Vale of York. He closed out his 2-year-old season finishing second in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes behind Super Saver at Churchill Downs in November.

William’s Kitten made only one start last year as a 3-year-old, finishing third in the Holy Bull and didn’t run again until exactly a year later. He was obviously rusty, finishing seventh in an open one-mile allowance race after a slow start.

Reprized Halo has had good days and bad days the last two seasons, most recently finishing last of 10 in the Grade III Sam Davis Stakes in his first start since November. The son of Halo’s Image posted a 46-to-1 upset to win the $350,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder in October with now-Kentucky Derby contender Gourmet Dinner second.

Completing the field is 4-year-old gelding Valerius with Emma-Jayne Wilson named to ride for trainer Ian Wilkes. Valerius is a homebred by Aldebaran and won an ‘a other than’ allowance last out going two turns at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 3 in his first start since finishing second for a $30,000 claiming tag at Churchill Downs on Nov. 19.


--Edited track release with additional content by Dick Downey

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