There is little Dialed In has done in his life that has left trainer Nick Zito disappointed. The colt's final serious move before the 137th Kentucky Derby was no different.
The Florida Derby winner and likely Kentucky Derby favorite worked an easy half-mile Thursday morning at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Fla., covering the distance in :482⁄5.
With Zito looking on, Dialed In worked over a nearly deserted track. After breaking off a half-length behind stablemate Miner's Escape, the son of Mineshaft finished three lengths in front with split times of :12, :242⁄5 and :364⁄5.
"This is what I wanted ... those 12s," said Zito 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 2-year-old Nov. 12 at Churchill Downs, opened his sophomore season with a victory in the Grade III Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Jan. 30.
After finishing second March 6 to stablemate Equestrio in an allowance race, Dialed In rallied from last to win the $1 million, Grade I Florida Derby by a head over Shackleford on April 3.
Zito said he will ship Dialed In to Kentucky on Saturday and the colt could be on the Churchill Downs track Sunday morning.
Uncle Mo returnsto the track
Champion Uncle Mo, who worked 5 furlongs in company in 1:01.80 early Tuesday morning, galloping a half-mile at Churchill Downs Thursday after the renovation break.
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner is slated to have his final pre-Derby work either Sunday or Monday. His stablemate and fellow Derby hopeful Stay Thirsty is to work Sunday.
Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch is scheduled to work 5 furlongs on Friday after the renovation break.
The final works for most of the other contenders are planned for this weekend.