Dialed In

Defunded Owner Hopes to Reward Horse's Fans

In Saturday's $20-million Saudi Cup, two-time Grade I winner Defunded (Dialed In) will be running for more than his owner, Dr. Muhaideb Al Muhaideb's HDB Racing. Should the horse win the Saudi Cup, the owner will give away 2 million Saudi Riyals to fans who follow him on the X site @muhadb1. Two million Riyals is worth US$533,000. The money will be divided among four winners. If Defunded doesn't win but a Saudi-based horse does, Dr. Muhaideb will give away two Lexus SUV to his followers. If a horse without...

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Value Sires For 2024, Part 4: Into The Teens

Today we'll consider some of the sires standing between $10,001 and $19,999. For a long time, I called this the Lookin At Lucky zone. But don't worry, we won't be deploring his neglect yet again: he's staying in Chile, where they evidently appreciate him rather more. Plenty of horses in this bracket have recently relinquished their brief window of commercial opportunity, and are now hanging around to discover whether they might join the very small group whose first runners generate a fresh vogue. Even with the newcomers out of the...

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Into Mischief's Denim and Pearls Game on Unveiling

5th-Keeneland, $100,000, Msw, 10-21, 2yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:19.58, ft, nose. DENIM AND PEARLS (f, 2, Into Mischief--Majestic Presence {GSP-USA, MSP-Can, $227,896}, by Majestic Warrior) came into this unveiling sporting a bullet five furlong move over the track Oct. 15 (1/25) in 1:00.40, and crowned the 8-5 choice by the betting public, jumped well to find herself in the midst of a hotly contested lead. Losing her advantage to a vying outer rival, she reclaimed command coming into the homestretch and briefly put open air between herself and the field....

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Darby Dan's 2024 Roster Headed by Flameaway and Dialed In

Freshman sire Flameaway and multiple Grade I sire Dialed In will together lead the 2024 stallion roster at Darby Dan Farm, the Central Kentucky farm announced in a release Friday afternoon. The pair, each standing for $15,000 S&N, will head a dozen stallions on the Darby Dan roster. A son of Scat Daddy, Flameaway is fourth on North America's freshman sire list with 15 first-crop winners. His 2-year-olds include MGSW Dreamfyre, winner of the GIII Surfer Girl S. Oct. 8 who is pointing to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies...

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Wet Paint Surges Late to Claim the CCA Oaks

Favored to earn her first taste of Classic glory in the GI Kentucky Oaks in May, Godolphin's Wet Paint (Blame) could only manage a fourth-place finish behind stablemate Pretty Mischievous (Into Mischief). Fast forward through a runner-up effort in Ellis's Monomoy Girl S. last month followed by a trek to upstate New York, the bay finally bagged her own Grade I, taking Saturday's Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. "She's a super consistent filly who always comes running," said trainer Brad Cox, who won the 2018 renewal of the Oaks...

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Seven Juveniles Supplemented To April TTA Sale

Seven juveniles have been supplemented to the Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, adding to an already record-setting number of horses cataloged. HIP 187--a filly by Dialed In who is a half to a stakes winner and from the family of MSW Gray Attempt. Consigned by 1880 Bloodstock. HIP 188--a filly by freshman stallion Catholic Boy who is from the family of MGSW Tax, MGSW Yell, and MGIW Elate. Consigned by 1880 Bloodstock. HIP 189--a filly by Tapwrit who is a half to two winners and from the family of GSW...

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For Spirit of Makena's Connections, Patience Is a Virtue Rewarded In San Carlos

For owner/breeder Bruce Chandler, patience was a virtue rewarded when his eye-catching Spirit of Makena captured the GIII San Carlos S. in just his four career start. A head shy from perfection in his spaced-out career, Spirit of Makena debuted late in his 4-year-old season; not seen until an Aug. 5 maiden special at Del Mar last season. He was hounded every step of the way on his step up to allowance optional company Sept. 11 in his first trip at the mile and just couldn't hold off Holden the...

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Dialed In's Asset Purchase A Debut Winner For Klaravich Stables

5th-Aqueduct, $80,000, Msw, 1-29, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f, 1:19.42, ft, 8 lengths. ASSET PURCHASE (f, 3, Dialed In--Quick Hit Fever, by Dublin), just a $75,000 yearling purchase for this leading owner/trainer combo and Sunday's 3-1 third choice on debut, broke greenly but kept pace with the field, tracking from third just off pacesetter Now Showing (Mendelssohn) through a :22.65 opening quarter. Set down from the four path to engage the frontrunners, she easily took over command as the field swung off of the far turn and gave the others no...

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Defunded is Dominant in Native Diver

Grade I winner Defunded, who skipped a shot at the Breeders' Cup, kept it rolling with a popular score in the GIII Native Diver S. Sunday at Del Mar. A second-out graduate last March at Santa Anita, the gelding was fourth in both the GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby and GIII Pat Day Mile S. before running second in the GIII Affirmed S. and GIII Los Alamitos Derby. Scoring a pair of blowout allowance/optional claiming victories, he was a hard-fought runner-up in the GI Hollywood Gold Cup S. May 30,...

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Dialed In Anchors Darby Dan Stallion Roster for 2023

Dialed In, whose half-dozen stakes winners this season include GI Awesome Again S. victor Defunded, tops a list of 14 stallions that will stand in 2023 at Darby Dan Farm. The 14-year-old son of Mineshaft will command a fee of $15,000, unchanged from 2022. The champion freshman sire of 2016 and reliably among the top sires, Dialed In has also been represented by stakes winners Mr. Wireless, Erase and Gambling Girl as well as Grade I-placed Get Her Number. Dialed In has sired one Grade I winner in each of...

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Dialed In's Defunded Upsets the Awesome Again

Defunded, who had been knocking on the door at the graded level for the last year and a half, picked a good time to break through as he led home a one-two for Bob Baffert in this "Win and You're In" qualifier for the GI Breeders' Cup Classic. Runner-up in both the GIII Affirmed S. and GIII Los Alamitos Derby last term, the chestnut was transferred to Sean McCarthy for his first two tries of 2022--a dominant optional claiming tally going a local mile and a runner-up finish in the...

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MGSW Gunnevera Represented by First Foal

Pleasant Acres Stallions' Gunnevera (Dialed In--Unbridled Rage, by Mineshaft) was represented by his first foal, a colt out of Brass Cat (Bluegrass Cat), dam of Laurel winner Hard Rock Gold. The 2017 GII XpressBet Fountain of Youth S. winner Gunnevera, who began his stud career at Pleasant Acres Stallions in 2021, stands for $6,000. A winner of six career starts, he hit the board in six Grade I events before retiring with earnings of $5,561,800. "Gunnevera started life off as a bottle-fed orphan at 10 days old. The big chestnut...

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