Dialed In , last year's Florida Derby (gr. I) winner and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) favorite, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2013 breeding season at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington. A stud fee has not yet been set.
"This horse will be as bittersweet of a story for me as I'll ever have," said trainer Nick Zito. "He showed how brilliantly gifted he was breaking his maiden at Churchill first time out, and then winning the Holy Bull (Stakes, gr. III) like he did in his second start, before, of course, winning the Florida Derby. I know the phrase gets overused in this game, but Dialed In was truly one of the best—if not the best—I ever trained. He was up there with Bellamy Road , Commentator, War Pass, all of them."
Bred in Kentucky by W.S. Farish, Madeleine Pickens, and Skara Glen Stables, Dialed In is by Mineshaft out of the multiple stakes-producing Storm Cat mare Miss Doolittle, who is a daughter of champion Eliza. He was bought by Robert LePenta's Whitehorse Stable for $475,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.
Dialed In, who raced for LaPenta, began his racing career with a victory at 6 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs in his 2-year-old debut. The performance was impressive enough to make him as low as 25-1 in 2011 Kentucky Derby future wagers. Dialed In won the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park in his next start while beating a field that included Mucho Macho Man in 1:35.19 for the mile.
Dialed In took the Florida Derby over a field that included To Honor and Serve, Shackleford , Stay Thirsty , and Soldat . After experiencing a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby, he rallied to finish eighth, and followed it up two weeks later by finishing fourth in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) to Shackleford.
Dialed In, who was retired with a record of 3-1-0 from seven starts and earnings of $941,936, has been acquired by a group led by Doug Cauthen of Doug Cauthen Thoroughbred Management, and Robert Hammond, general manager of Darby Dan Farm.
"I have a great feeling about Dialed In," said Cauthen. "He's a gorgeous horse who exudes class, and his pedigree is top notch. Throw in his raw talent, as displayed by his acceleration in his graded stakes wins, and it makes him a very exciting stallion prospect. To launch his career at Darby Dan alongside Shackleford in 2013 only adds to the synergy of this deal."
Hammond said, "We are actively striving to strengthen our stallions and sales divisions at Darby Dan, and any time you can add a pair of exciting grade I winners like Dialed In and Shackleford to a growing stallion roster, it plays a key role in that process. We've assembled a great team here at Darby Dan."
LaPenta will maintain an equity position in Dialed In, and will support him with mares. "Dialed In is the most talented and exciting horse I've ever owned, and with his pedigree and physical presence, I just had to stay in the deal so that I could breed mares to him and help make him a success again in his new career," he said.
Dialed In will participate in Darby Dan's "Share the Upside" program.