Dialed In Works Out
DIALED IN WORKS OUT IN FLORIDA
Dialed In, the likely favorite for the May 7 Kentucky Derby off victories this year in the Holy Bull and Florida Derby, breezed a half-mile yesterday in :48.53 at the Palm Meadows training center in Florida.
The son of Mineshaft, trained by Nick Zito, worked in company with Miner's Escape. After breaking off a half-length behind his workmate, Dialed In finished three lengths in front through splits of :12.09, :24.47 and :36.91. He galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.46 in what was his final timed workout for the Derby.
"This is what I wanted, those :12's [seconds for each furlong]," Zito said. "This horse is very rippled. This horse is very ready. I can guarantee this horse is not going to be short. I can't guarantee anything else, but I'll tell you he won't be short.
"We know the kind of horse he is. Any horse that gives you the last eighth [of a mile] in :11 and change -- I don't know what else he can give you. The horse is happy here. He likes the track."
Dialed In, who won his only start as a 2-year-old at Churchill Downs last Nov. 12, will ship to Kentucky tomorrow and could be on the track Sunday morning.
Four of the last five Derby winners and five of the last eight have spent the winter at Palm Meadows. The other Derby contenders who wintered at Palm Meadows this year are Uncle Mo, Soldat, Stay Thirsty, Pants On Fire, Brilliant Speed and Animal Kingdom.
by Ed Fountaine
Kentucky Oaks Report: St. John's River, Street Storm breeze five-eighths
Kentucky Oaks (G1) hopeful ST. JOHN'S RIVER (Include) was the first horse on Churchill Downs' track on Thursday after the renovation break from the "Lukas Gap," and wasted little time going about the business of the morning, working five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 under jockey Rosie Napravnik.
Traveling over a track labeled as "fast," St. John's River clicked off fractions of :12 2/5, :24 3/5, :36 2/5 and :48 2/5, while galloping out six furlongs in 1:15 2/5. The move was the second fastest of 23 at the distance.
"I thought it went OK," trainer Andy Leggio said. "She was in hand and it was a nice work. She will get two days off and go back to the track Sunday and gallop up to the Oaks and put the finishing touches on."
Runner-up in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in her most recent start, St. John's River has worked three times in Kentucky since the March 26 race in New Orleans. Two of the works came at Keeneland on Polytrack: 1:00 4/5 on April 13 and 1:00 2/5 on April 20.
"Time-wise, it was about the same, but she seemed to handle this track better," Leggio said. "I think she is about at her peak and she just needs more distance. I hope this (the 1 1/8-mile Oaks) is it."
Street Storm is likely to bypass the Oaks but is expected to race on the undercard (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
STREET STORM (Stormy Atlantic) clocked five-eighths in 1:03 after the renovation break under jockey Robby Albarado, but is likely to skip the Oaks in favor of the Edgewood S. going 1 1/16 miles on the turf earlier on the card.
Fractions for the move, which was the 20th fastest of 23 at the distance, were :13 2/5, :26, :38 1/5 and :50 4/5. The Steve Margolis pupil galloped out six furlongs in 1:17.
"It was just a maintenance work for her," Margolis explained. "She is not a good work horse when she is by herself. She prefers turf and will probably go in the Edgewood."
Stablemate and Grade 3 winner BOUQUET BOOTH (Flower Alley) galloped 1 1/2 miles under Jose Castanon after the renovation break and is scheduled to work five furlongs Friday morning with Albarado up in advance of the Oaks.