04/30/2012 7:59AM

Kentucky Derby workouts: Sabercat and Daddy Nose Best get in easy breezes at Churchill Downs

Barbara D. Livingston
Sabercat, here with trainer Steve Asmussen, breezed a half-mile in 48.02 Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

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.