Dialed In, the favorite to win the 2011 Kentucky Derby, will attempt to make up for his poor showing at Churchill Downs two weeks ago with a solid performance in today's Preakness Stakes. The latest Sports Betting Odds would suggest the colt is poised for a rebound as it is presently listed at +500 moneyline odds to win this evening's Run for the Black-Eyed Susans.
Nothing about Dialed In's previous race history would have pointed toward his disappointing run at the Kentucky Derby. The Mineshaft sired bay colt, which had gone 3-1 in four career starts with first place finishes at the Grade 3 Holybull Stakes and the Grade 1 Florida Derby, never found his rhythm at Churchill Downs, though.
Dialed In, which began the race from the eight post, finished a distant eighth, despite being a 4 to 1 favorite to win.
Trainer Nick Zito, who won the Preakness in 1996 with Louis Quatorze, indicated that he is not overly concerned about the dismal Derby outing.
"I just think for some reason with 20 horses — the big field — some of these horses really don't get the chance to show how good they are," Zito said. "To say, 'Throw out the Derby,' is hard to believe, but sometimes you just have to do that."
Zito can also take some comfort in the fact that Dialed In blazed through the second half of the Derby, moving from last to eighth with an impressive charge that would have put him in contention had he not been so far off the pace.
Dialed In, which will be ridden by 27 year old French-born jockey Julien Leparoux, will start today's race from Post 10. The last horse to win the Preakness from gate 10 was Real Quiet in 1998.
Leparoux, who won Eclipse Awards in 2006 and 2009, has been aboard Dialed In all five of the colt's starts.
Dialed In Preakness Stakes 2011 Odds:
To Win +500
To Finish in the Top Three +100