04/30/2012 4:28PM

Kentucky Derby workouts: Daddy Nose Best looking ready for his best


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The field is in the home stretch as far as Kentucky Derby workouts are concerned. Five more prospective Derby runners turned in their final major preps on Monday, including Santa Anita Derby runner-up Creative Cause and Mark Valeski, a horse who has yet to be confirmed a definite Derby starter by his trainer, Larry Jones.

Union Rags also made his first appearance since his spectacular workout 48 hours earlier, jogging a mile and visiting the paddock shortly after 7 a.m.

The temperature had already pushed into the 60’s by the time the track opened at 5:45 a.m. The warming trend is expected to continue through the weekend with a forecast for temperatures to hit the mid and high 80’s on both Oaks and Derby day.

[KENTUCKY DERBY WORKOUTS: Latest updates, Mike Welsch’s video reports]

Work of the day

Daddy Nose Best (four furlongs in 49.23 seconds): Time only matters when you’re in jail, the old adage goes, so one shouldn’t be fooled by Daddy Nose Best’s modest final clocking. This was simply a maintenance breeze, and although the final time was more than a full second slower than his stablemate Sabercat produced 30 minutes earlier, the manner in which Daddy Nose Best finished and galloped out set him apart from the others.

Daddy Nose Best was reserved coming away from the pole, completing his opening eighth- and quarter-miles in 13.36 and 25.70 seconds respectively with exercise rider Carlos Rosas glancing down to check the stopwatch on his left wrist at every pole. Daddy Nose Best picked up the pace effortlessly once settling into the stretch, covering his final two furlongs in 23.53 seconds without any encouragement before galloping out very willingly into the turn, completing five eighths in 1:02.45 and pulling up six furlongs in 1:16.80.

Daddy Nose Best has trained nearly flawlessly over his home track during the past 10 days and gives the impression he is ready for his best yet on Derby day.

Sabercat (four furlongs in 48.02 seconds): Working several minutes after the track opened for business, with Rosas aboard, Sabercat had a little more run on his mind leaving the pole than Daddy Nose Best, covering his opening quarter in a much swifter 24.10 seconds. But despite the relatively quick pace, he too was able to finish strong without need of urging, shading 24 seconds for his final quarter while also galloping out with interest, completing five eighths in 1:01.04 and pulling up six furlongs in 1:15.45.

Although the work was a little faster than expected for a routine Steve Asmussen maintenance move five days in advance of his race, Sabercat looked very sharp finishing as well as galloping out both around the turn and into the backstretch. Like his stable mate Daddy Nose Best, Sabercat has given every indication he is coming into the race in peak form.

Creative Cause (four furlongs in 47.54 seconds): The Santa Anita Derby runner-up did not appear to be moving smoothly when jogging with a pony as a prelude to a work that also followed a brief visit to the starting gate. Creative Cause travelled much better once allowed to really stretch his legs, posting opening splits of 12.50 and 24.22 seconds before being put to urging to finish strong down the stretch, completing his final quarter-mile in a crisp 23.32 seconds under pressure. He let up just a bit during the gallop out, completing five furlongs in 1:01.32;

Creative Cause, who had shoeing issues the previous day, breezed with his head cocked slightly outward the entire way, which may just be his normal way of going. The work, in and of itself was good, although the overall impression of the entire training session merely average at best.

Mark Valeski (five furlongs in 1:00.34): The Louisiana Derby runner-up came away running from the pole under Larry Melancon, setting blistering splits of 23.45 seconds for the opening quarter and 34.81 for three-eighths. Despite the fast pace, Mark Valeski finished willingly enough without urging, although he clearly began to tire approaching the wire, completing his final quarter-mile in a mediocre 25.43 seconds before shutting down early during the gallop-out.

Jones opted to postpone his decision regarding Mark Valeski’s Derby status another 48 hours, perhaps an indication this morning’s decent but certainly not spectacular work did nothing to sway his opinion one way or another.

Liaison (five furlongs in 1:00.83): Working outside and in company with stablemate Mile High Magic, the pair broke off at the 4 1/2-furlong pole and continuing out a sixteenth of a mile beyond the finish line. Liaison, under decidedly less urging than in his previous work, which came without company five days earlier, went along at a fairly even pace, posting fractions of 24.70 and 48.52 seconds before completing his final eighth in 12.31 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.32. Jockey Martin Garcia, aboard Liaison, did have to encourage his mount a bit near the end of the work and again with a series of light taps with the stick during the gallop-out, to match strides with a partner who appeared to be the more impressive of the team.

Union Rags did little more than jog a mile and worked up a bit of a lather during his time on the track, which was of no concern for trainer Michael Matz or those of us who had observed him showing a similar propensity throughout the course of the winter in south Florida.

Prospective also returned to the track for the first time since his promising work on Saturday and looked well, his coat shining, as he put in yet another strong gallop over a surface he has handled well these past 10 days.

Trinniberg was scheduled to breeze three furlongs at the end of a long gallop. Instead, he wound up doing little more than a modified open gallop through the stretch, covering three-eighths in 41 seconds and change from the quarter to seven-eighths pole.

“He was very hyper when we took him out of the stall this morning, so we decided to back off on him today,” explained trainer Bisnath Parboo. “We kept the rings on and let him mostly jog, to keep him from doing too much so close to the race,”

D More than 1 year ago
someone said something like 20 or 30-1 on Daddy Nose Best!! God what website have you been reading?? He IS the wise guy horse on the backside of CD. Everyone and I mean Everyone is betting this horse and he will be 5th choice behind.. UR, Bode,CC,Dullahan. Simple as that so those of you that think your going to get value your completely wrong! He is a Grade 3 winner and is going to be way over bet wait and see.
Justin More than 1 year ago
so most of America is on the backside of CD watchin this horse??? at least 20-1 mark my words. Dullahan is the Wiseguy horse based on his g1 winning bluegrass. the fact that daddy nose best has never won a g1 is enuff for most handicappers to disregard him. Did u forget about Hansen??? that horse has the cult following of a rockstar. And Gemologist is undefeated with 2 wins at CD. even take charge indy will take money with BO-RAIL in the saddle. Daddy Nose Best being the 5th choice is a stretch.
Justin More than 1 year ago
not being sexist but...my theory is that most casual women fans will bet on Hansen cause hes the pretty white horse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hansen can't take the distance at probable race pace. I'm almost surprised they don't hold off until the Preakness. Actually I think you will see a leisurely training ride out of him, then get set to watch him fire at the Preakness. Beautiful horse, just not the ideal horse for the "derby."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dullahan will be the only horse posting sub-12 second furlongs coming down the stretch. If he gets a fairly clean ride and an opening, watch him make up the ground. Especially if the speedsters up front set a Sunland Derby-like suicide pace. Lets all be realistic, so much depends on pace and the trip, but it should be a great derby trying to guess the scenario that will unfold. Dullahan is my pick, but wait, what about on the dirt????????????????????? No wonder I don't sleep well.......
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Dullahan has not shown that turn of foot to post sub 12 splits on conventional dirt. He only has done it on turf and poly. Dullahan's work has shown he doesn't prefer dirt like he does turf and poly and I think he won't be in the top 10 to finishers. Daddy Nose Best will be in the money with a good ride by Gomez with Union Rags winning Creative Cause second Daddy Nose Best third and Rousing Sermon fourth
Justin More than 1 year ago
is the Derby being run at Keeneland??????????????? No. then Dullahan doesnt have a chance for the win.
Charles Myers More than 1 year ago
dullahan will be laying down on the track at 100 yards from the wire no better than 7th. i hope every wise guy bets him so i can scoop on gemologist/ bode ex an gem to win, he wiil have a target in the meister and that my friend will be to his advantage(he will have to run all out for once(106 an 104 beyers for the 2 mark it)
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
bodemeister, union rags, dullahan, creative cause, hansen, ill have another, gemologist, take charge indy will all be lower prices. My guess is between 15-24/1. That puts him 9th with the only questionable one TCI. But with that crackhead borel he will be bet more as well. The vast majority of this field, save for Bodemeister, and UR will be between 10/1-25/1. There are never ridiculous longshots in the one race where there should be. Trinniberg should be 200/1 and will be less than 40/1. And since when is a G3 win a big deal? Most all of them have won atleast that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Trinniberg can be handled smartly and will not be caught up in a Bodemeister-Hansen speed duel. He just finished two virtual hand rides doing 12 flat furlongs. He has more in him, maybe not for top spot at 1 1/4 mile, but I think he will be in the top 6-7 at the finish if he truly can run a controlled race. I believe he will do well at distances past 7 furlongs down the road, breeding or not.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
LOL D. DRF website. Watchmaker has 30-1 on him. I know its absurd. So much for a good thing. They been talking about him all week and destroying his odds every time they say stuff. I really liked him at a price but if he gets alot of play I may reconsider.
BrassMonkyBalls More than 1 year ago
anything can happen
Nishima Auluck More than 1 year ago
Shivanad Parboo on Trinniberg in KY Derby 138 http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3372511
Ian Fick More than 1 year ago
the Horse that will Win is Bodemeister.....Ubion rags has had too many excuses...besides Bode is in a whole different class here. He's this year's Big Brown....."nuff said
Vin More than 1 year ago
didnt run at 2 ,nuff said ...beat a TERRIBLE field in the Ark Derby , nuff said
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If recollection serves me right, Big Brown didn't run at 2YO either. Love Bodemeister, just question if he can run as well outside CA.
Mike DaRif More than 1 year ago
Apollo in 1882 was the last Derby winner that did not run as a 2-year-old. I'm a Beyer guy and a Baffert lover, but I'm going to pass on Bodemeister for that reason alone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course Big Brown ran as a two year old; NO horse won didn't run as a two year old has won the Derby since 1882
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
Ian, How's brother Wilkes doing ?
Nick Gunritz More than 1 year ago
Big Brown hadn't lost going into the Derby. Last I checked Bode lost to creative cause.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Big Brown did lose eventually, most all do, i't just a matter of when.
Jim Bills More than 1 year ago
Did "Cause" have blinkers on or off ??
ALEJANDRO ANZA More than 1 year ago
Jim Bills More than 1 year ago
Thank you for the generally negative accessment of Creative Cause. My odds will only go higher as I back my truck up to the window and unload the cash In the back on him to win and place :)
mrm More than 1 year ago
With the right trip he will be VERY tough.
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
Jim, Do you have a big truck or is it a small truck ? I hope it's not a dump truck.
Kendrick Crawford More than 1 year ago
Yes he did hang but you have to admit that he`s a BEAST!!! And remember he can get around that Churchill strip with the best of them. Last years Breeders Cup proved that. I think he will sat right off the speed and pounce! Also my theory is this.......NEVER EVER LEAVE LEPAROUX OFF YOUR TICKET @ Churchill downs. He`s the young Pat Day (real talk)! Javier Castellano gave up the roses when he and his agent decided on Pletcher`s horse who beat Hanson off a layoff in the slop! WRONG MOVE, BAD CHOICE! Oh well we all make bad choices and have to life with them.
Justin More than 1 year ago
never leave leparoux off ur ticket is ur logic??? thats pretty ignorant considering ive never seen a jockey carry a horse across the finish line. Has Leparoux ever even won the derby??? NO, i think not!!! If you had said calvin bo-rail than i might give your argument credence but u didnt and i wont. Urags is overrated. if hes so good what is his signature win to date??? what race impressed u so much as to make u think he had a shot at the derby??? u mention the breeders cup, a race he lost and the florida derby, ditto. u even admit he hung in the lane. this horse is all HYPE!!! u say hes accustomed to churchhill but hes never won there (side note: Gemologist is 2 for 2 @ CD both wins coming around 2 turns and @ a mile and a 16th. So is Castellano really trippin or is he being realistic going with the horse that is PROVEN over the track?!?!?!?!)
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
I generally agree wiht Justin, all though i think Gemologist has ZERO chance. You see how he moves?? He looks like he could break down at any second...Yuck. Me and leparoux, like Bailey before him don't mix. Everytime I bet him he's 20 lengths off the lead and makes a run to finish 4th. And for UR, i think he hasn't run his best race yet where most others have, not saying he will win but i think no doubt he beats Gemologist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree, Gemologist is over his head this time, competetion-wise and distance-wise. UR will certainly be up there and the extra furlong gives him more time and room to run. I think Bodemeister will remain strong to the finish and it's just a matter of which horse can catch him off the pace, Dullahan or UR?
Justin More than 1 year ago
Gemologist is a fighter. when other horses get near him he seems to pull away convincingly. i admit his stride aint the prettiest but after all his races the gallop outs have been strong so distance shouldnt be an issue. dont sell this horse too short cause i believe he has the stalk and pounce style that could win this derby. hes 2 for 2 at CD already with both wins at 1 1/16 and say what u want about Pletcher, but hes a champion trainer.
AROL ABEL More than 1 year ago
@justin...come on man Leparoux is the best jockey in America today...Only been riding since 2006 and this is his legitimate shot at the Derby. Who is better that Julien at CD....I"ll wait....ok thats right no one. Union Rags is the horse to beat. Mr. Crawford I'm with you sir neave leave Leppy off the ticket.
Justin More than 1 year ago
u have completely missed my point so let me reiterate. i dont bet jockeys i bet horses. it is called horse racing right??? and im not hatin on leparoux hes good and yes hes one of the best but so what. the best jockeys win at a around 20 to 30 percent meaning they LOSE 70 to 80 percent of the time. Besides hes one of those jockeys that decreases the true value of his horses because hes so good. ill take a bug boy any day if it means im getting a price on a good horse.
mrm More than 1 year ago
In the Derby? You would take a bug? He better be riding Secretariat.
Justin More than 1 year ago
a capable bug yes i would!!!
sk More than 1 year ago
@Justin . You may be right about leparoux , but Union RAGS is the best horse donot leave that horse off your ticket.
Justin More than 1 year ago
appreciate the comment but ill take my chances
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
This is Leparoux's best chance to win the derby and I totally agree with Kendrick because he owns Churchill Downs and he will be tough to beat when sitting on that monster
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daddy Nose best is the best closer and will finish in the money come derby day!!! hes a closer but not a deep one, 2 wins at a 1 1/8, triple digit beyer, working well and HOF connections and between 20 and 30-1 seems like a good bet!
Justin More than 1 year ago
this was my comment
Vivian Warfield More than 1 year ago
Been following derby since 85 and can't think of derby winner who won two races at mile and eighth before derby. Remember Snow Chief and Holy Bull who both won 2 and therefore favored. neither got a call. Progression of distances seems to be more fruitful.
Karl Deppen More than 1 year ago
My two picks for the Derby are Daddy Nose Best and Union Rags. Union Rags was off my list until his last race when he lost. I thought he showed more in that race than his wins. Mike Smith, I think you made a mistake by going with Bode over D.N.B. Oh well, those are the two I'll be back wheeling into the Oaks, along with an Oaks double wheeling into Derby with about 5 ponies. Good luck to all and may the racing Angels be watching over all ponies and jockeys !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good addition to your comment. I second the thought that these beautiful animals come home safe with their world class athletes aboard. The horses have hearts that don't want to quit the the jockeys are figuratively giants among men. You have to love the beauty and spectacle that is horse racing. Lets do our part to keep it all alive and hand down our love for the sport to future generations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Daddy Nose Best will certainly be up there, with Dullahan and UR gunning for Bodemeister while Hansen falls quickly away at 8-9 furlongs.
Kendrick Crawford More than 1 year ago
Union Rags will crush this field without a doubt. He did not win the Florida derby because that wasn`t the plan by ownership`s decision. The plan was not to bottom him out, save some in the tank for what really matters.......The Derby (period)! It`s all about breeding. The capital thats gained from these animals is unimaginiable. The rich gets richer and the poorer, well we all know what follows. Good luck to all who post wagers this Friday and Saturday. Don`t get favorite happy bcuz this game will chew you up and spit you out. Mix in the long shots bcuz they will come in for sure! The game is corrupte!!!!
John Ormond More than 1 year ago
You can't keep lightning in a bottle. As for your corrupt comment, one needs to read between the lines and learn to think like a trainer
Perry Genovese More than 1 year ago
I still have a problem with UR in that he couldn't pass Hanson in the BC and although not an ideal trip he got clear soon enough and couldn't get the job done in FLA Derby either. Won't surprise if he wins but not getting my $. Then again, there's at least 10 of them that won;t surprise me this year!
Joe More than 1 year ago
Union Rags hung in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. He's good and could finish in the top 3, but, I think Bodemeister and Wemt The Day Well are better.Also hanging is a bad habit to break and he hing a bit in the Florida Derby too although I will admit he had an awful trip. I haven't decided yet who I'm going to close out my tri and super with, but, to kill off the last leg of the pick 4 it's only Bodemeister and Went The Day Well.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
Clearly you didn't see the BC Juvenile. Union Rags did not hang. He was past Hansen by a 1/2 jump npast the wire. If you don't like a horse say so, but don't lie just to make a point.
Ian Fick More than 1 year ago
lay off the pcp, lsd, and thc, or we will call the fbi, cia, and your m.o.m.....lol
Bob Nastanovich More than 1 year ago
Thanks alot for the reports!