Bloodhorse.com reports today that efforts to fill an allowance race this weeked for Dialed In aren't working out and that it's about 60-40 that he and trainer Nick Zito will send the colt to the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby on March 12.
“We were hoping the allowance races would fill this weekend, but it doesn’t look like that will happen,” owner Robert LaPenta told Jason Shandler. “I’ll have to sit down with Nick and talk to him, but I’m thinking seriously about the Tampa Bay Derby. I’d say I’m about 60-40 right now. Obviously, I had a bad experience there with War Pass and don’t really want to go back. I hate shipping him too, but what can we do? The horse wants to run, he’s kicking down the barn. He had a great work the other day and he’s ready. What are we going to get out of the Timely Writer? We won’t learn anything from it.”
Uncle Mo is scheduled to make his 2011debut in the ungraded, one-turn, one-mile Timely Writer on the same day as the Tampa Bay Derby. Trainer Todd Pletcher has said the Tampa Bay Derby is another option is if the Timely Writer doesn't fill. Brethren, a stable mate of Uncle Mo, is being pointed back to to Tampa after winning the Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes there on Feb. 12.
--By Dick Downey