09/13/2011 4:03PM

Arlington: Caleb's Posse headed to Indiana Derby

Michael Amoruso
Caleb's Posse (2), narrow winner over Uncle Mo in the King's Bishop, will make his next start in the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park.

Arlington-based Caleb’s Posse, winner of the Amsterdam and King’s Bishop stakes – beating 2-year-old champ Uncle Mo in the latter – will make his next start Oct. 1 at Hoosier Park in the $500,000 Indiana Derby, trainer Donnie von Hemel said Tuesday.

Caleb’s Posse will be stretching back out to two turns in the 1 1/16-mile Indiana Derby after sprinting in his last two starts. Earlier this year, Caleb’s Posse won a pair of two-turn stakes, the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn and the Ohio Derby at Thistledown, and finished second to The Factor in the Rebel Stakes. Von Hemel said the Indiana Derby was selected over shorter options with an eye to the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile rather than the BC Sprint.

“We discussed the Breeders’ Cup, and came to the conclusion that the [Dirt] Mile would be our preferred spot if we did run,” said Von Hemel.

DiVito on a roll, except in stakes

Trainer Jim DiVito had the best stretch of a long training career last week, winning a remarkable seven races with 11 starters over four days. Still, DiVito was left wanting more after starters in the Futurity and Lassie failed to win. Twelve Hundred backed up to finish eighth in the Futurity, his first loss in three starts, and may tackle fellow Illinois-breds this fall. Ann of the Dance finished third in the Lassie but ran well, finishing fastest for a close third behind the horses that ran one-two throughout the one-turn mile. DiVito said Ann of the Dance would be part of a small string in Kentucky for the Keeneland meet, and would next race either in the Alcibiades or the Jessamine County on turf.

DiVito scored training triples Friday and Saturday, and has won with 10 of his last 19 starters dating to late August. For the meet, he is 29 for 79, a 37-percent win rate, and has the fourth-most wins among Arlington trainers.

“Everything is just coming together,” DiVito said. “You’re having a meet where the horses are doing good, they fit the races, the races are coming up at the right time. It’s a combination that’s very, very good.”

DiVito has won with a slew of 2-year-olds this summer, but Bet to Win, who scored in her career debut Sunday by nine lengths, earning an 82 Beyer, might be the best of them. A Pulpit filly, she will be among the horses shipped to Keeneland, DiVito said.

– additional reporting by Mary Rampellini