01/21/2011 4:54PM

Zito scratches Dialed In from allowance, will aim for Holy Bull

Reed Palmer Photography/Churchill Downs
Trainer Nick Zito scratched Dialed In from an allowance after heavy rain turned the Gulfstream main track sloppy.

Trainer Nick Zito scratched Dialed In, his top 3-year-old prospect, out of Friday’s featured ninth race less than three hours before post time due to the sloppy racetrack. Zito said he would likely run Dialed In, a son of Mineshaft, back in the Grade 3 Holy Bull a week from Sunday.

Dialed In overcame a slow break, rough trip, and his own inexperience to win his only start this fall at Churchill Downs. He had been training forwardly for his much anticipated 3-year-old debut, which was scheduled to have come at 1 1/8 miles in Friday’s headliner.

Heavy showers early this morning and again shortly before post time for the second race kept the racetrack sloppy throughout Friday’s card.

Julien Leparoux rode Dialed In to victory in the Churchill race and was named on him again Friday.

“I just couldn’t take a chance on running him over this racetrack not knowing whether he would handle it or not,” Zito said. “Julien wants to stay with this horse and fortunately is available for the Holy Bull, so we’ll just wait until next week and try him there.”

The addition of Dialed In makes the Holy Bull an even more intriguing race, with the field already expected to include Boys At Tosconova, Mucho Macho Man, Gourmet Dinner, and Black N Beauty.

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