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Kentucky Derby 138 horse profile: Sabercat [Horse racing]
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Pro

  • He ran twice at Churchill as a 2-year-old, including a third-place finish last July
  • Well bred. His sire (Bluegrass Cat) was second to Barbaro in Derby 132
  • His distant third-place finish behind Bodemeister in the Arkansas Derby is deceptive. Sabercat already had the graded-stakes earnings to make the Derby field; he didn't need to win the race, just get in a solid outing. Which he did

Con

  • He may be a Triple-A horse playing in the Majors
  • In his two starts this year, both graded-stakes races at Oaklawn Park, he lost by a combined 16 lengths
  • He simply may not be fast enough; his top performance — a four-length victory in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot — merited only an 85 Beyer speed figure


Fun fact

His grandsire, Forty Niner, finished second to Winning Colors in Derby 114.

Final analysis

A hard-trying sort, he's worth including in exotics. A bit of a "wise guy" horse on the backside.

Photo: Kentucky Derby/Bill Denver/Equi-Photo


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