Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Dogwood Stable had an excellent 2013 racing season highlighted by Palace Malice emerging as one of the leading 3- year-olds by winning the Belmont and Jim Dandy Stakes.
For the 2014 Kentucky Derby season, Cot Campbell's operation will finally get onto the trail on Saturday with All Tied Up running in his first stakes race. The gray colt has been entered in the $550,000 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.
All Tied Up will not only be making his first career start in a stakes, the Kentucky-bred will try a main track race after seven tries on the turf in starting his career.
With the post positions being drawn Wednesday, All Tied Up drew the desirable post 7, putting him squarely in the middle of the 12-horse field. Turfway oddsmaker Bret Battaglia put the colt at 12-1 in the morning line, again in the middle of the early odds.
All Tied Up will try to follow in the path of many turf runners who have found synthetic tracks, such as the one at Turfway Park, beneficial to their styles. The colt, while inexperienced versus stakes competitors, has those seven races under his saddle. Only 3-1 favorite Tamarando has more starts coming into the race.
"This horse is improving," trainer Todd Pletcher said after the colt won a starter optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park two months ago. "He's made the kind of physical development over the winter that you like to see in these young horses and is heading in the right direction, hopefully."
Following that victory, All Tied Up was third, beaten one length, in a 7 1/2- furlong allowance event at Gulfstream.
After breaking his maiden last November at Aqueduct, All Tied Up came back in January at Gulfstream and closed from ninth to finish less than a length from the winners in an allowance race on the turf at 7 1/2 furlongs.
Races over a distance of ground would seem to be All Tied Up's preferred events as the 3-year-old comes from far back with a rush.
Jockey Luis Saez, who rides Will Take Charge for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, is the current reinsman for All Tied Up. Saez will be aboard the colt Saturday for a third straight time and exhibits the kind of patience in the saddle that enables the horse to come from off the pace and contend down the stretch.
All Tied Up is in excellent position to surprise the uninitiated and come flying down the stretch to win the 1 1/8-mile Spiral Stakes. The race offers 50 points in the Kentucky Derby points system to the winner that will enable the horse to gain entry in the Run for the Roses on May 3.