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Feb 04, 2011

Dialed In is dialed in

By: By Don Agriss, Horse Racing Editor

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Two starts, two come from behind victories. That's the current past performance listings for three-year-old colt Dialed In.

Sunday in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Dialed In came from ninth to win going away. Jockey Julien Leparoux guided the colt from 15- lengths back to a 1 1/2-length victory as the 5-2 second choice.

"Actually, I did expect to be that far back. Nick (trainer Nick Zito) told me just to leave him alone and drop to the rail and that's what I did. He said just to be patient," Leparoux said. "When I asked him, he really ran on well. This is obviously a very nice horse."

Nick Zito and owner Robert LaPenta have themselves another Kentucky Derby prospect in Dialed In. The colt was just making his second career start in the Holy Bull and obviously has the stamina to go 1 1/4-miles.

"He's very special. 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," said Zito. "I had a good feeling and confidence in Julien to let him be in the right place and then get into the mix. I just wanted him to get out (of gate) clear and settle. I'm not sure what will be next. The idea is just to get him there (Kentucky Derby)."

In his first start last November, Dialed In came from 12th to win by a half- length at Churchill Downs.The Holy Bull win was worth $240,000 in graded earnings and the colt has overall winnings of $268,800.

The victory in the Holy Bull gives Dialed In a chance to win the first ever 'Preakness 5.5.' The bonus series offers $5.5 million in bonuses to the connections of the three-year-old that wins either the Holy Bull or the Fountain of Youth before going on to win the Florida Derby at Gulfstream and Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 21.

Zito is going after his first Kentucky Derby victory since 1994 with Go for Gin. The Hall of Fame trainer also saddled Strike the Gold to win the 1991 Run for the Roses. Louis Quatorze in 1996 gave Zito his only Preakness victory.

Zito and LaPenta teamed up to win the 2008 Belmont Stakes with Da'Tara. Four years earlier Zito sent out Birdstone to upset Smarty Jones in the 2004 Test of Champions.

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