Zito Dialed In for Kentucky Derby// Master Of Hounds likely, Mr. Commons could sneak in

Dialed In’s official four furlong workout time at Palm Meadows Thursday was a solid 48.40, but Mike Welsch at the Daily Racing Form claims he was “never asked to exert himself at any time”. While some question whether Dialed In’s light workout pattern and short four-furlong moves will have him ready for the mile and a quarter test May 7th, Zito claims the horse is ultra fit, ready for the challenge, and won’t be short.  Soldat, also stationed at Palm Meadows, will have his final work Friday and then join Dialed In on the flight to Louisville Saturday// Master Of Hounds was officially withdrawn from Newmarket’s 2,000 Guineas, which means the Kentucky Derby is very likely.  Garrett Gomez is still considered the frontrunner to get the mount// Archarcharch and Decisive Moment are set to put in their final works Friday// With all of the recent movement and defections among the all important graded earnings list, lightly raced Mr. Commons now sits at spot #23.  What was once an unthinkable scenario for a colt with only $120,000 in earnings, qualifying for the Derby now doesn’t seem entirely far-fetched.  Trainer John Shirreffs decided to work the recent Santa Anita Derby third-place runner an extended seven furlongs at Hollywood Park just in case he stretches out to a mile and a quarter May 7th// TVG is reporting that Derby winning jockey Mike Smith will have the mount on Twinspired// I’ve always enjoyed reading the transcripts from the DRF chats just days before the Derby, seeing as it always provides valuable info from some of the game’s best handicappers.  Christmas came a little early as DRF laid out several Derby questions for their columnists. A must read// more…

·       Nick Zito ecstatic over Dialed In’s half-mile work (Courier Journal Blog)
·       Nick Zito can go the distance (Zipse At The Derby)
·       Kentucky Derby barn notes 4/28 (Churchill Downs)
·       4/28 Derby/Oaks training session video (Churchill Downs via YouTube)
·       Kentucky Derby questions (DRF)
·       Derby insights (Brisnet)
·       Castro on national stage (DRF)
·       Mountless in Louisville (Equispace Blog)
·       The inside scoop: Why Calvin Borel owns the rail (Kentucky Confidential)
·       Can Calvin Borel work his magic yet again? (Bleacher Report)
·       Uncle Mo, Uncle Martin and Aunt Isabel (Barbara Livingston DRF Blog)
·       Live Derby blog Friday April 29 at noon (Bloodhorse)
·       Prepping for a peak performance (Ken Rudolph TVG Blog)

·       Dialed In: PMM- 4F- 48:40- B- 3/6