Papetu tallied a 1 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Carry Back S. at Gulfstream Park to give Dialed In his second new stakes winner of the week, just three days after Mr. Wireless won the $300,000 Indiana Derby (G3).
Papetu, owned by Magic Stables, had been on the Triple Crown trail in Florida this past winter/spring, and was making his first start since the March 27 Florida Derby (G1).
Cutting back to seven furlongs for his return, Papetu settled mid-pack for most of the backstretch run. Going for the turn, he began to make up ground and was neck and neck with Real Talk coming into the final quarter-mile. Those two were side by side until the final sixteenth, when Papetu forged ahead to win in 1:22.51 on the fast track.
“He ran a good race. He was training very good. I know that he wasn’t 100 percent, but we had to start somewhere,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “We would like to run him at Saratoga in August.”
Papetu, who was second in the $100,000 Mucho Macho Man in January, is now 3-1-1 in nine starts and has earned $169,495. He was bred in Kentucky by Almar Farm LLC.
Dialed In is currently the leading sire of his generation this year with nearly $4 million in progeny earnings. Cumulatively, he has sired 17 black-type winners and the earners of more than $22 million.