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2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Rousing Sermon

Horse: Rousing Sermon
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Pedigree: By Lucky Pulpit out of an Awesome Again mare (Rousing Awesome)
Career Record: 9-2-2-4
Career Earnings: $404,000
Notable Races: G2-Louisiana Derby (3rd); G2-San Felipe (5th); G2-Robert Lewis (4th); G1-CashCall Futurity (2nd); Cal Cup Juvenile (1st)

Can He Win The 2012 Kentucky Derby?:

October 29th, 2011. That's the last time that Rousing Sermon won a race. Since that race he's finished 2nd, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 3rd. He's finished behind Liaison twice, I'll Have Another, Creative Cause and Bodemeister once, and was beaten by two lengths by the 100/1 winner of the Louisiana Derby, Hero of Order. What's that all mean? Quite simply, Rousing Sermon faces a serious class test in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

If you're looking for reasons to place a bet on Rousing Sermon in the Derby, here's the best one that anybody can come up with: Rousing Sermon is a closer in a field that appears to have a great deal of early speed. If the race were to completely fall apart in the final furlongs, this colt should be able to gain some ground in deep stretch. If you're a Rousing Sermon fan, that's the scenario that you need to hang your hat on.