It is very interesting to watch the first-crop stallions in Europe – not just because of the first two-year-olds by the excellent Frankel, but other debutantes such as Bated Breath, Famous Name, Sir Prancealot and others fare well. But stallions with the first crop are not uninteresting in America either. After the Sunday meeting at Saratoga, they are led by Mineshaft’s son Dialed In.
Dialed In, bred by W.S. Farish, Madeleine Pickens & Skara Glen Stables, was bought by Whitehorse Stables at Fasig-Tipton New York Saratoga Select Yearling Sale for USD 475,000. The son of the American Horse of the Year Mineshaft was the sixth progeny of the double winner at two and third in the Gr.2 Schuylerville Stakes, Storm Cat's daughter Miss Doolittle.
When Dialed In came in before the potential buyers in 2009, the daughter of the two-year-old champion filly and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Eliza, Miss Doolittle, had already the reputation of the dam of two black-type progeny. The first of them was Seeking The Gold's daughter Broadway Gold, the winner of the Astoria Stakes at two and, above all, the dam of three black-type winners headed by the winner of the Gr.2 Forward Gal Stakes and the runner-up in the Gr.1 Kentucky Oaks Broadway’s Alibi. Her son Golden Lad scored twice in Gr.3 races and R Gypsy Gold, sold in 2013 as broodmare prospect for USD 625,000, won a stakes race too. Another son of Miss Doolittle, Mambo Master, was black-type placed.
The dam’s achievements and precocity demonstrated by her and her progeny helped Dialed In to reach the high price, the highest among Mineshaft’s yearlings in 2009 and the tenth highest among his yearlings sold so far.
As a two-year-old Dialed In had just a single race – he won his debut in an impressive way on November 12 at Churchill Downs in a maiden race over six and half furlongs. He started his next year’s campaign by a victory again, this time among strong competition, including Mucho Macho Man, in the Gr.3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park, clocking the mile in 1:35.19. After second place in the Allowance Optional Claiming in early March he went on to Florida Derby on April 3 and won it by a head from Shackleford. The Florida performance made him the Kentucky Derby favourite but in the run for roses, won by Animal Kingdom, he finished eighth. After fourth place in the Preakness Stakes he raced just once – in an Allowance race at Gulfstream Park with the purse of USD 55,000 in which he was fourth.
He was then engaged by Darby Dan Farm, where he launched his stud career in 2013 with a fee of USD 7,500. The demand for him is not low – during the first three seasons he had 352 mares. His yearlings (59 sold of 87 offered for sale) were sold for USD 46,869 on average (median USD 25,000), with the most expensive one going for USD 270,000. Two-year-olds (23 sold of 34 offered for sale) were sold for USD 70,674 on average (median 60,000).
Now his first two-year-olds arrive on the racecourse. As of today he has had fifteen runners, five of them are winners and he is the first of the American debutantes to have two black-type winners. The first of these came on July 5 at Northlands Park, Canada, where the bay filly Ruffenuff took the Princess Margaret Stakes over six furlongs. This Sunday the chestnut colt Gunnevera brought him the second black-type triumph and, at the same time, the first victory in a group race when he won the Gr.2 Saratoga Special Stakes over six and 1/2 furlongs for USD 196,000.
It is thanks to him that Dialed In leads the first-crop sire championship with the purse of over USD 314,000. He has a total of 102 progeny in his first crop and if the next ones fare as well as the first fifteen runners we have much to look forward to.