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Kentucky Derby workouts: Sabercat and Daddy Nose Best get in easy breezes at Churchill Downs
By Mike Welsch
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Steve Asmussen provided the early show Monday morning at Churchill Downs, sending out his two Derby hopefuls Sabercat and Daddy Nose Best for easy half-mile works.
Sabercat breezed first, shortly after the track opened at 5:45 a.m., going a half-mile in 48.02 seconds, completing his final quarter in 23.92 before galloping out five-eighths in 1:01.04 and pulling up six furlongs in 1:15.45.
Daddy Nose Best came out 30 minutes later and went off at a much more leisurely pace, posting early splits of 13.36 and 25.70 before finishing strong, his final quarter in 23.53, to complete his half-mile drill in 49.23. Daddy Nose Best galloped out five-eighths in 1:02.45 before pulling up three-quarters of a mile in 1:16.80.
Union Rags visited the racetrack shortly after dawn, jogging an easy mile before schooling briefly in the paddock with his regular exercise rider Peter Brette aboard.
I have learned the hard way. Never leave a Steve Asmussen horse off your ticket.
Clark, I totally agree on Sabercat. Fresh horse, pace setup, bred to run all day, big price, totally my kind of Derby play. One other thing that was not mentioned is that in all of Sabercat's first 7 races, he had 7 different jocks. Nakatani has ridden him twice now and knows him. Food for though.
Daddy has been working very well. This work was very easy compared to others. I like the way he runs in traffic.
While his Beyers' are a step behind Bodemeister et al, Sabercat has several angles going for him. Third start after a layoff with improving Beyers; gaining ground in both with sharp final 1/4 mile splits; coming out of key Derby prep that has provided superfecta finishers at a price in last eight years; strong trainer/jockey stats. Looks like Sabercat might be an in-the-money finisher on Saturday - the price will be long. Worth a chance; Asmussen might surprise us all with this colt knocking down the stalkers (Union Rags, Creative Cause) at the wire. Luck to all -
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