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Zito saddled Kentucky Derby winners Strike the Gold in 1991 and Go For Gin in 1994 and trained Bird Town, who won the 2003 running of the Kentucky Oaks. He was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in 2005. During that same year he saddled a record five starters for the Kentucky Derby, for five different owners. He has also won the Preakness with Louis Quatorze in 1996 and the Belmont twice with Birdstone in 2004, and Da’Tara in 2008.
Leparoux is a two time Eclipse champion jockey and only the fourth to win the honor for top apprentice (2006) as well as journeyman rider (2009). He won the Shoemaker award in 2009 in recognition of his three Breeder's Cup wins that year. He is a five time Breeder's Cup winner.He grew up around racing in Chantilly, France and knew at a young age he wanted to be a jockey. Father Robert was a jockey and assistant trainer. Julien came to North American in 2003 and began working for trainer and fellow Frenchman Patrick Biancone galloping horses.
LaPenta and Zito have teamed up on three trips to the Kentucky Derby, but the closest they have come to the winner’s circle is a fifth place finish with The Cliff’s Edge in 2005. His horse, Ice Box, finished second in the 2010 Kentucky Derby. In 2007 LaPenta won the Eclipse Award for top two-year-old War Pass, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for that year.
- The offspring of a late-maturing, distance-loving sire and a speedy, precocious dam, he hopes to inherit the best qualities of both.
- Dialed In was bred in Kentucky by W.S. Farish, Madeleine Pickens and Skara Glen Stables
- Sire Mineshaft reached the peak of his powers as a four-year-old, earning Horse of the Year honors after romps in the 1 1/4-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) and Suburban H. (G1), 1 3/16-mile Pimlico Special H. (G1) and 1 1/8-mile Woodward S. (G1), Ben Ali S. (G3) and New Orleans H. (G2).
- Mineshaft is regally bred, being by 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy (himself a son of 1977 Triple Crown legend Seattle Slew) and out of Broodmare of the Year Prospectors Delite, by supersire Mr. Prospector, and he is starting to live up those bloodlines at stud.
- Enjoyed a breakout year in 2010 by siring top performers across the distance spectrum -- Dwyer S. (G2) romper Fly Down missed narrowly in the 1 1/4-mile Travers S. (G1) and 1 1/2-mile Belmont S. (G1), and finished a rallying third in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic (G1); Redding Colliery set a 1 1/8-mile track record at Laurel and stayed 1 1/4 miles to win the Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2); Discreetly Mine won the 1 1/16-mile Risen Star S. (G3), but ultimately thrived as a sprinter and concluded the season with a stunning victory in the seven-furlong King's Bishop S. (G1); and A. U. Miner made a name for himself in the marathon division.
- Dialed In's dam, the Storm Cat mare Miss Dolittle, came to hand a lot sooner than Mineshaft. After breaking her maiden in a five-furlong dash early in her two-year-old season, she finished third in the Schuylerville S. (G2) at Saratoga. She never raced beyond six furlongs over her brief career, which ended in the spring of her three-year-old campaign.
- Miss Dolittle has produced four winners prior to Dialed In, and three of them were sprinters, topped by Astoria S. victress Broadway Gold (by Seeking the Gold). Her only router is the stakes-placed Mambo Master (by Kingmambo), who won at up to 1 1/8 miles.
- Miss Dolittle is herself out of Eliza, the champion two-year-old filly of 1992. As dominant as she was up to 1 1/16 miles, she lost both of her starts at 1 1/8 miles, finishing third versus males in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and runner-up in the Kentucky Oaks. Her best foal so far is Group 2-placed stakes winner Samuel Morse (by Danehill Dancer), a precocious two-year-old in Ireland last year who also appears to have distance limitations.
- Miss Dolittle's sire, Storm Cat, ranks as an influential sire the world over, with such outstanding sons as Giant's Causeway and Tale of the Cat perpetuating the male line, but he is also a potent broodmare sire. Mares by Storm Cat have produced the likes of Sky Mesa and Jump Start, both emerging young sires bred along the same cross as Dialed In; champions Speightstown and Folklore; two-time Japanese champion Phalaenopsis; current multiple Group 1 winner Misty for Me, a European classic hopeful; reigning Grade 1 queen Harmonious; and last year's Santa Anita Derby conqueror Sidney's Candy.
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