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2012 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Sabercat

Horse: Sabercat
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Pedigree: By Bluegrass Cat out of a Forty Niner mare (Miner's Blessing)
Career Record: 8-3-0-2
Career Earnings: $782,849
Notable Races: G1-Arkansas Derby (3rd); G2-Rebel (8th); G3-Delta Jackpot (1st)

Can He Win The 2012 Kentucky Derby?:

Sabercat won the $1 million G3-Delta Jackpot as a juvenile, a win that firmly secured his spot in the 2012 Kentucky Derby due to the $600,000 in graded stakes earnings he picked up in the process. Since that race, this Steve Asmussen trainee a struggled to find his best racing form. He finished 3rd in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent race but was almost 10 lengths back of winner Bodemeister. In the Rebel, he barely picked up his feet and finished well behind winner Secret Circle.

Sabercat, like Dullahan and Rousing Sermon, is a closer that should benefit from a fast pace in the early stages of Saturday's Derby. Additionally, this colt did improve in the Arkansas Derby after a poor effort in the Rebel, and it's always better to see a colt run an improving race going into Louisville.

At 30/1 on the morning line, this colt might a horse to include on trifecta and superfecta tickets in the hopes he can get a piece of the prize at a big price.