07/17/2016 9:17AM

Freshman sire Dialed In gets his first stakes winner


First-time starter Ruffenuff gave her sire Dialed In his first stakes winner when the 2-year-old filly won the six-furlong Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Northlands Park in Edmonton on July 16.

Owned by Landry Curtis and Red Diamond Racing and trained by Greg Tracy, Ruffenuff took the track from the start and was much the best in the short, 3-horse field, reduced by two scratches, winning easily by 6 3/4 lengths at odds of 1.40-1. Her final time was 1:13.01. The race was worth $38,546 ($50,000 Canadian).

Bred in Kentucky by Nicholas M. Lotz, Ruffenuff was sold for $47,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Dialed In, winner of the Grade 1 Florida Derby in 2011, has four winners from eight starters in his first crop, which numbers 102 foals. He stands at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky., for a fee of $7,500.

By Mineshaft out of Miss Doolittle, by Storm Cat, Dialed In was bred by W.S. Farish, Madeleine Pickens, and Skara Glen Stables and was sold for $475,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale.

Campaigned by Robert LaPenta and trained by Nick Zito, Dialed In won 3 of 7 starts and earned $941,936. He won his only start at two, in November at Churchill Downs going 6 1/2 furlongs, and in his debut at 3 he took the 1-mile, Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes. Two starts later, he won the Florida Derby by a neck over Shackleford.

In the subsequent Kentucky Derby, Dialed In went off as the 5-1 favorite and finished eighth after getting squeezed at the start and having to come from last of 19. In his last start at 3, he was fourth in Shackleford’s Preakness. He made just one unplaced start at 4.