10/16/2012 4:55PM

Dialed In retired, to stand at Darby Dan

Tom Keyser
Dialed In won the Grade 1 Florida Derby and the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes in 2011.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Dialed In, last year's Florida Derby winner, has retired from racing to enter stud next year at John Phillips's Darby Dan Farm in Lexington.

A group headed by Darby Dan general manager Robert Hammond and Doug Cauthen have acquired the colt's breeding rights, but Robert LaPenta, who campaigned Dialed In, will retain an interest in the 4-year-old Mineshaft colt.

Dialed In, a winner in his first two starts, won the Grade 1 Florida Derby and the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes last year en route to the Kentucky Derby, in which he finished eighth. He ran fourth in the Preakness. Trainer Nick Zito later discovered that the colt had a chip in his right knee and said in late June 2011 that he would undergo surgery. Dialed In came back to make one more start in March this year, finishing fourth in an optional claiming race at Gulfstream.

LaPenta bought Dialed In for $475,000 at Fasig-Tipton's Saratoga select yearling sale in 2009. Bred by Will Farish, Madeleine Pickens, and Skara Glen Stables, Dialed In is out of the Storm Cat mare Miss Doolittle, a Grade 2-placed mare who also has produced stakes winner Broadway Gold and stakes-placed Mambo Master by Seeking the Gold and Kingmambo, respectively.

Dialed In won 3 of 7 lifetime starts and finished second once for career earnings of $941,936.