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2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Daddy Nose Best

Horse: Daddy Nose Best
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Pedigree: By Scat Daddy out of a Thunder Gulch mare (Follow Your Bliss)
Career Record: 10-4-2-1
Career Earnings: $633,623
Notable Races: G3-Sunland Derby (1st); G3-El Camino Real Derby (1st); G1-Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (6th); G3-Summer Stakes (3rd)

Can He Win The 2012 Kentucky Derby?:

Daddy Nose Best has turned into the "now" horse at Churchill Downs over the past couple of weeks, partially due to his sizzling work over the main track back on April 16th (5f in 1:00.20; 1/20), and a second strong work on April 30th (4f in 48.02; 29/57). Much of this colt's early career was spent running on the turf until trainer Steve Asmussen decided to give him another shot at running on the main track. His win the G3-El Camino Real Derby occurred at Golden Gate Fields over their synthetic surface. He followed that up with his first victory on a traditional dirt surface in the G3-Sunland Derby.

Daddy Nose Best generally does his best running by coming from off the pace, a running style that should fit in well with the expected fast early fractions of the Derby. On the downside, it's a bit difficult to assess how good this colt actually is when he really hasn't matched up against any of the top contenders this spring. The morning works are encouraging, suggesting Daddy Nose Best could be a long-shot to keep close tabs on prior to post time for Saturday's race.