Dialed In To Skip Fountain Of Youth
DIALED IN TO SKIP FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
One horse who will be conspicuous by his absence when entries are drawn here Wednesday for Saturday's Grade 2 Fountain of Youth is Dialed In. Trainer Nick Zito said he and owner Bob LaPenta both agreed that passing the race is in the best interest of their colt in light of his huge performance winning the Grade 3 Holy Bull in only his second career start here last month.
'I conferred with both Bob and his son Rob, and we all were in agreement that it would not be right to ask Dialed In to come back in four weeks after the Superman-type effort he turned in to win the Holy Bull,' Zito said. 'They said let's skip the Fountain of Youth and look for a two-turn race before the Florida Derby.'
Zito said Dialed In was going to prep for the April 3 Florida Derby in the $100,000 Timely Writer, which was originally written in the condition book at 1 1/8 miles on March 11. But when the distance was subsequently shortened to a one-turn mile and the race moved to March 12, Zito decided to look for a different race for Dialed In.
'Fortunately, he has enough graded earnings from winning the Holy Bull that it looks like he'll get into the Derby, so our main focus at the moment is the Florida Derby and how to get him there,' Zito said.
Zito said Dialed In would likely work Friday or Saturday.
Zito also said that his two handicap stars Morning Line and Fly Down are both doing well following their second- and fifth-place finish, respectively, in the Grade 1 Donn. Zito said Fly Down would make his next start in the Dubai World Cup, while Morning Line's status for that race was still undecided.
'My main goal with Morning Line at the moment is winning the Met Mile,' Zito said.
by Mike Welsch
On the Florida worktab
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1) winner UNRIVALED BELLE (Unbridled's Song) traveled four furlongs in :52 over the fast dirt at Payson Park on Monday.
Pocahontas S. (G2) romper DANCINGINHERDREAMS (Tapit), who suffered her first loss when a closing second in the Forward Gal S. (G2), drilled four furlongs in a bullet :47 4/5 over the fast dirt at Palm Meadows. The John Ward filly will try to rebound in Saturday's Davona Dale S. (G2).
Grade 3 scorer KRYPTON (Rock Hard Ten), ninth in the Jamaica H. (G1) last out, exercised in :50 2/5.
LADY VI (Tale of the Cat), last seen breaking her maiden in the Lady Finger S. on Labor Day, finished in :49 2/5.
Grade 3 victor BEARPATH (Dynaformer), the trailer in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (G1) last time, completed five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 over the firm turf.
Grade 2 victor DOUBLES PARTNER (Rock Hard Ten), a close second in his February 2 comeback following a layoff of more than six months, worked four furlongs in :51.
Four-time stakes queen ROSE CATHERINE (Speightstown), seventh in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G2), went in :50 2/5.
Grade 3 vixen BAY TO BAY (Sligo Bay [Ire]), up the track in the Lake George S. (G2) when last seen in July, covered six furlongs in 1:14 2/5.
Sweetest Chant S. runner-up EXCITED (Giant's Causeway) strode a half-mile in :50 4/5.
Charlie Barley S. winner SO ELITE (Pleasantly Perfect), second versus allowance foes in his 2010 finale, went five panels in 1:03.
STREET MOVE (Street Cry [Ire]), a nose second in the 2009 Commonwealth Turf S. (G3) when last seen, traveled in 1:02 2/5.
Pilgrim S. (G3) winner AIR SUPPORT (Smart Strike), ninth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2), logged three furlongs in :39 over the fast main track a Gulfstream Park.
Grade 2 veteran STRIKING DANCER (Smart Strike), unplaced in a turf allowance last time, worked four furlongs in :48 1/5.
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