Nick Zito has 6.1 million reasons to believe the running of the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago would have no bearing on Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
The Preakness, wherein Dialed In was qualified to gather a $6.1 million payday that incorporated a $5.5 million success bonus, would be unusual.
Shackleford was permitted to put the slowest six-furlong pace in about 25 years of Derby history, parting the stretch-running Dialed In with totally no opportunity of ending from last to first.
Zito, Hall of Fame trainer of Dialed In during Preakness Week, his spirits buoyed by what appeared to be an excellent rightful reason for the eight-place end of Derby favorite said, “To say ‘Throw out the Derby’ is hard to believe, but sometimes you have to do that.”
There was no means Shackleford can put the early fractions at a pace of snail at Pimlico. It would really be dissimilar this moment with speedy sprinter Flashpoint in the Preakness field.
It was very different as the 136th running of the Preakness unfurled. The early pace was quick thanks to the short occurrence of Flashpoint; however, neither Dialed In nor Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom might get complete benefit of the faster fractions.
Shackleford, who faded to fourth in the Derby in spite of saving his energy early, ran with some fast company throughout the early stage of race, definitely carrying smiles to the faces of Zito and Graham Motion, trainer of Animal Kingdom.
When the teletimer offered quarter-mile fractions of 223/5 and 464/5 for the initial half-mile, situations surely appeared approving for horses behind of the rapidity. Above all Animal Kingdom and Dialed In, who were 13th and 14th, correspondingly, along the backstretch and prepared to hit.
A little trouble from Shackleford deceived Zito, Motion and some in the mass of 107,398 on a sun-drenched, warm afternoon. He challenged handicapping standard and racing logic by sprinting away from a puffed Flashpoint and opening an obvious guide into the widen, after than held on gamely as Animal Kingdom closed to in a half-length at the end of the line. Dialed In, created a gentle run to end fourth, closely five lengths shy of striking the record jackpot, a one-run horse who is vulnerable to pace.
Zito added during Preakness Week, “The good thing about this business is that we don’t know anything,” recognizing too well the volatility of pure-bred racing.
The victory of Florida Derby place Dialed In in the situation to bring in that bonus, courtesy of the Preakness 5.5, an motivation program given by MI Developments linked to his cooperation in the major 3 year old stakes at Gulfstream, sister track of Pimlico. His second place ends in the Florida Derby place Shackleford in the situation to bring in a $550,000 bonus, in addition to the $600,000 share of winner of the $1 million Preakness reward.
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