Sabercat strikes gold in $1M Delta Jackpot (G3)
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Making his graded stakes debut, Sabercat rolled to a four-length victory in the $1 million Delta Jackpot S. (G3) on Nov. 19. The $600,000 payday assured the 2-year-old son of Bluegrass Cat a spot in next year's Kentucky Derby (G1).

Sabercat's big win vaulted his sire to the second spot on the second crop sire list, putting his progeny earnings at more than $3.1 million. The WinStar Farm stallion has ten stakes horses in 2011 and is also ranked fourth on the 2-year-old sire list.

After getting bumped soundly at the start, Sabercat began to make up ground on the leaders coming into the final turn. He struck the front at the top of the stretch, then drew off from the field to complete the 1 1/16-mile test in 1:46.62 over a fast track.

"We had a terrible start, we got slammed pretty good leaving there," added winning rider Gerard Melancon. "All I could do was save some ground. I found a good spot going into the last turn and he came through horses like a champ. I did have to steady him a little bit behind (Basmati) because it looked like he ducked out a little bit, then I got him back on and he's all business.”

"It took a few starts for him to come around," owner Ron Winchell said. "Our goal was to make the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile -G1) but he got out of stride a little bit. Our back-up plan was to come to the Jackpot. I like the back-up plan now."

Bred in Kentucky by Lantern Hill Farm, William J. Punk Jr., and the Lighthouse Group, Sabertcat is a dark bay or brown colt out of the Forty Niner mare Miner's Blessing. She is the dam of Busher S. winner Olivine.

Sabercat is 3-0-1 in six starts, with $681,420 in earnings. The colt won the $75,000 Garden State S. on Oct. 2. Winchell bought Sabercat for $120,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling auction.
Daria's Angel flies high in Fair Grounds MdSpWt title=
Gemologist

Daria's Angel flies high in Fair Grounds MdSpWt

Gemologist got his third and most impressive maiden winner of the week on Saturday at Fair Grounds...

[read more]

O Dionysus powers to victory in Miracle Wood S. title=
Bodemeister

O Dionysus powers to victory in Miracle Wood S.

Bodemeister's 3-year-old colt O Dionysus is now a two-time stakes winner following his three-length tally in Saturday's $75,000 Miracle Wood S. at Laurel Park...

[read more]

Two turns suits latest Bodemeister winner title=
Bodemeister

Two turns suits latest Bodemeister winner

Dharmaster made his two-turn debut Feb. 17 at Laurel Park, with the 3-year-old son of Bodemeister coming away with a one-length victory...

[read more]

Star Breeder of the Month: Santa Rosa Partners

Star Breeder of the Month: Santa Rosa Partners

Santa Rosa Partners is the breeder of up-and-coming 3-year-old colt Always Dreaming, who vaulted...

[read more]

Tiznow blue blood sparkles at Fair Grounds title=
Tiznow

Tiznow blue blood sparkles at Fair Grounds

Tour de Force turned in his second straight commanding victory on Feb. 16 when the Tiznow colt tallied a 3 1/4-length victory in a one mile and 70 yard allowance...

[read more]

Diamond Gem sparkles at Gulfstream Park title=
Gemologist

Diamond Gem sparkles at Gulfstream Park

Gemologist's latest winner Diamond Gem repelled a stiff challenge by Switzerland to win a Feb. 15 Gulfstream Park maiden special weight affair by a hard-fought length...

[read more]

Bodemeister firster battles to MdSpWt tally title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister firster battles to MdSpWt tally

Johnny Hop got a stiff challenge from Honor the Fleet in Laurel Park stretch, with the 3-year-old son of Bodemeister holding off his foe to win his maiden special weight debut...

[read more]

At $475,000 Super Majesty tops F-T sale title=
Super Saver

At $475,000 Super Majesty tops F-T sale

Super Saver's graded stakes-winning mare Super Majesty stole the spotlight during Monday's session of the Feb.6-7 Fasig-Tipton Winter Mixed Sale...

[read more]

In The Stud Feature: Tourist

In The Stud Feature: Tourist

WinStar stallion Tourist is featured in the latest instalment of Paulick Report’s “In the Stud”...

[read more]

WinStar Super Saver homebred sparkles in Gulfstream MdSpWt title=
Super Saver

WinStar Super Saver homebred sparkles in Gulfstream MdSpWt

Hedge Fund, a 3-year-old Super Saver colt, kicked off 2017 with a rousing maiden special weight score Saturday at Gulfstream Park...

[read more]