LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dialed In has a chance to become The Six Million Dollar Horse.
A win in the $1 million Preakness Stakes on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore would net Dialed In a $5.5 million bonus, in addition to the $600,000 winner’s share.
Dialed In is eligible for the bonus thanks to earlier 2011 victories in the Holy Bull Stakes and the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. MI Developments, parent company of Pimlico and Gulfstream, put up the bonus.
The potential $6.1 million in single-race earnings for Dialed In would set a North American record, eclipsing the $5.884 million earned by Smarty Jones in the 2004 Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Nick Zito says the potential lucrative payday isn’t his focus and won’t alter his preparations for Dialed In.
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