Florida Derby (G1) winner and likely Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite DIALED IN (Mineshaft) worked an easy half-mile Thursday morning at Palm Meadows in :48 2/5.
With trainer Nick Zito looking on, Dialed In worked over a nearly deserted track before fewer than 12 spectators. After breaking off a half-length behind stablemate Miner's Escape (Mineshaft), Dialed In rallied to finish three lengths in front.
Dialed In recorded splits of :12, :24 2/5 and :36 4/5 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:01 2/5, according to Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch.
"This is what I wanted -- those 12s," Zito said of the 12-second splits.
"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 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 two-year-old November 12 at Churchill Downs, won the January 30 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream to begin his three-year-old season. After finishing second March 6 to older stablemate Equestrio (Elusive Quality) in an allowance event, Dialed In rallied April 3 from last to win the $1 million Florida Derby by a head over Shackleford (Forestry).
Zito said that he will ship Dialed In to Kentucky Saturday, and the colt could be on the Churchill Downs track Sunday morning. Because of his victories in the Holy Bull and Florida Derby, Dialed In is still eligible for the Preakness 5.5 bonus, an historic bonus program that will award owner Robert LaPenta $5 million and Zito $500,000 if Dialed In wins the May 21 Preakness (G1) at Pimlico.
Dialed In is one of several likely Kentucky Derby starters who were stabled this winter at Gulfstream's state-of-the-art Palm Meadows training facility. Others who wintered at Palm Meadows include Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Soldat (War Front), Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and two-year-old champion Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie), Gotham (G3) winner Stay Thirsty (Bernardini), Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Pants on Fire (Jump Start), Blue Grass (G1) winner Brilliant Speed (Dynaformer) and Spiral S. (G3) winner Animal Kingdom (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]).
Four of the last five Kentucky Derby winners, and five of the last eight, have wintered at Palm Meadows.