Mr. Wireless dials up another Derby win in West Virginia

Mr. Wireless proves best in the $500,000 West Virginia Derby (G3) - Coady photo

Dialed In’s star on the rise Mr. Wireless tallied his second straight “Derby” win Saturday at Mountaineer Park in the $500,000 West Virginia Derby (G3). The win comes a month to the day after he took down the Indiana Derby (G3).

Now a winner of four of six starts, Mr. Wireless has earned $670,150. Dialed In is currently the leading sire of his crop of Grade 1 winners and graded stakes horses, and is third by progeny earnings with more than $4.7 million to date.

Mr. Wireless, with Ramon Vasquez aboard, showed early foot right from the gate of Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile contest, but backed off slightly when three-wide on the first turn. He moved up once again to vie for the top spot with five furlongs to run. Going into the final bend, Mr. Wireless took over and had a clear lead with a furlong to go. Warrant made a late run, but could get no closer than 1 1/4-lengths at the finish.

The final time was 1:52.49 on a fast track.

“I couldn’t see the start because of where I was standing, and going into the first turn I saw he was three-wide,” said co-owner Jon Lapczenski after the race. “But Ramon does what Ramon does—he got the horse to relax. And Mr. Wireless does what he does. He has only given up the lead once in his career. When he gets the lead he’s all heart.”

Mr. Wireless was bred in Kentucky by John and Iveta Kerber and is out of the Arch mare Voussoir. He is a half brother to the graded stakes-placed Ain’t No Elmers, who recently finished third in the July 28 Honorable Miss H. (G2) at Saratoga. Voussoir produced a 2-year-old full sister to Mr. Wireless named Ain’t Broke.

The winner is owned by JIL Stable and is trained by Bret Calhoun.