Dialed In’s Mugaritz won his third straight stakes in Saturday’s Berkeley H. (G3), the first graded win for the 4-year-old, who now has won six races in a row dating back to New Year’s Eve.
Ridden by Ricky Gonzalez, Mugaritz came out of the gate very well and took up a spot in third along the rail, just behind the leader My Friend Emma. Content to hold his position through six furlongs, Gonzalez waited until a gap opened up at the top of the stretch, and Mugaritz shot through to assume command and then pulled clear to win by 3 1/2-lengths (VIDEO).
The final time of 1:42.40 for the 1 1/16-miles was just off the track record of 1:42 flat.
“I cut the corner and he shot right through it. He flew,” said Gonzalez. “As soon as I asked him his turn of foot was amazing and he just kept going all the way to the finish.”
Mugaritz is one of Dialed In’s six stakes winners who have accounted for 10 added-money wins. His progeny have earned just under $5 million.
The winner is owned by Alejandro Marcardo and was bred in Kentucky by Sean and Barbara Speck.
Pedigree notes from the TDN:
Mugaritz is the sole black-type winner out of Flag the Mint Down (Flag Down), herself a half-sister to dual graded-stakes scoring Prophet’s Warning (Storm Bird). Mugaritz is also the highest-earning offspring by Dialed In.