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Dialed In, who banked $600,000 for his last-to-first victory in Sunday’s Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, jumped from No. 17 to No. 2 on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List, and longshot runner-up Shackleford is positioned at No. 20. The list will likely determine the field for the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.
FLORIDA / PLETCHER’S R HEAT LIGHTNING HEADS GULFSTREAM PARK OAKS – Paul R. Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning was considered a major contender for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) heading into Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (GII), but her 8 ¼-length demolition of six rivals at Gulfstream Park could make her the filly to beat in America’s greatest race for 3-year-old fillies on Friday, May 6 race at Churchill Downs.
Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In rallied from last over a speed-favoring surface to wear down front-running 68-1 longshot Shackleford for a narrow victory in Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park.
The third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) ended early Sunday evening with unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (#22) favored to win the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), but Florida Derby (GI) winner Dialed In (#5) closed fast in the pool’s final minutes to end up as a solid second choice.
Robert V. LaPenta's DIALED IN (Mineshaft) got the fast pace he wanted to set up his late kick in Sunday's $1 million Florida Derby (G1), but the deep closer had to pull out all the stops to catch the 68-1 longest shot on the board, Shackleford (Forestry). Patiently ridden by Julien Leparoux, the Nick Zito trainee got up in time to capture the season's deepest and most contentious Kentucky Derby (G1) prep.
JAYCITO (Victory Gallop) joined the lineup for Saturday's Santa Anita Derby (G1) when Bob Baffert announced that the winner of last year's Norfolk S. (G1) and runner-up to Premier Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) in the March 12 San Felipe S. (G2) would be entered Wednesday in the $1 million race.
The Hall of Fame trainer had been considering the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct the same day, but opted to keep the stretch-running son of Victory Gallop, the winner of the Belmont S. (G1) in 1998, at his home base for the 1 1/8-mile race.
E. Paul Robsham Stables' homebred TRAVELIN MAN (Trippi) made his move to the lead at the top of the stretch and drew clear to a comfortable two-length victory in Sunday's $147,000 Swale S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park. Ridden by John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt was heavily-favored at 2-5 among five three-year-old rivals and earned his first graded stakes win in the seven-furlong event. A 7 1/4-length debut winner on January 6, Travelin Man was exiting a second in the February 26 Hutcheson S. (G2) and has now earned $143,100 from a 3-2-1-0 career line.
Fans of unbeaten 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo (#22) showed their support for the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at the betting windows on Saturday and the Todd Pletcher-trained colt finished the day as a solid 5-2 favorite with one day to go in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
PREMIER PEGASUS (Fusaichi Pegasus) enhanced his role as the favorite for next Saturday's Santa Anita Derby (G1) with a sizzling five-furlong workout Saturday morning at the 8 a.m. (PDT) break on Santa Anita's fast main track. The impressive winner of the San Felipe S. (G2) was timed in a bullet :59 1/5 under regular rider Alonso Quinonez.
The move was the fastest of 17 recorded works at the distance.
E. Paul Robsham Stable's homebred R HEAT LIGHTNING (Trippi) dominated Saturday's $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (G2) under jockey John Velazquez, romping by 8 1/4 lengths under her own power to finish 1 1/8 miles on the fast Gulfstream dirt in 1:49 1/5.