Zito Out to End Derby Drought

Zito Out to End Derby Drought

Trainer Carl Nafzger won the Kentucky Derby in 1990 with Unbridled.

Seventeen years later, Nafzger won his second Kentucky Derby with Street Sense.

It's been 17 years since Nick Zito won the Kentucky Derby.

"I was saying," Zito said the other day outside his barn at Churchill Downs, "I want to be just like Carl Nafzger."

He could be, too. Even before Uncle Mo scratched out of this year's Kentucky Derby on Friday morning, Churchill oddsmaker Mike Battaglia had made Zito's Dialed In the favorite for the 137th Run for the Roses.

"I think he's deserving of the accolades, of anything he gets," Zito said Thursday.

After all, the son of Mineshaft is coming off an impressive come-from-way-behind win in the Florida Derby, his third triumph in just four career starts.

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