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.
Choegang Schiller takes down $340,000 Asia Challenge Cup title=
Artie Schiller

Choegang Schiller takes down $340,000 Asia Challenge Cup

Artie Schiller became the first American-based horse to sire the winner of Korea’s prestigious $340,000 Asia Challenge Cup...

[read more]

Distorted Humor colt streaks to win in $100,000 Better Talk Now S. title=
Distorted Humor

Distorted Humor colt streaks to win in $100,000 Better Talk Now S.

High Noon Rider drew off smartly in the stretch over Saratoga’s inner turf course to score by 3 ½-lengths in the $100,000 Better Talk Now S...

[read more]

Super Saver colt sets stakes record in King’s Bishop S. (G1) title=
Super Saver

Super Saver colt sets stakes record in King’s Bishop S. (G1)

Runhappy turned in a stellar performance in Saturday’s $500,000 King’s Bishop S. (G1) at Saratoga, setting a stakes-record of 1:20.54 for the seven furlongs...

[read more]

Gemologist colts shine at OBS August Select Yearling sale title=
Gemologist

Gemologist colts shine at OBS August Select Yearling sale

A pair of colts from the first crop of Gemologist brought bids of $280,000 and $240,000 during the select session of the OBS 2015 August Yearling sale...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile filly cruises by six in $100,000 Summer Colony S. title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile filly cruises by six in $100,000 Summer Colony S.

Catch My Drift put it all together in Monday’s $100,000 Summer Colony S. to win the 1 1/8-mile contest by a widening 6 ¼-lengths as much the best...

[read more]

Super Saver’s Embellish the Lace takes them all the way in G1 Alabama S. title=
Super Saver

Super Saver’s Embellish the Lace takes them all the way in G1 Alabama S.

Embellish the Lace turned back all her challengers to score an ultra-game victory in the historic Alabama S. (G1) Saturday at Saratoga...

[read more]

Fourth straight win for More Than Ready’s Shore Runner title=
More Than Ready

Fourth straight win for More Than Ready’s Shore Runner

Shore Runner gave his owner Brad Grady another thrilling win with a half-length victory in the $100,000 Troy S. Saturday afternoon at Saratoga...

[read more]

Congrats filly sparkles in $75,000 Gold Mover S. title=
Congrats

Congrats filly sparkles in $75,000 Gold Mover S.

Flutterby turned in another stellar performance in Saturday’s $75,000 Gold Mover S. at Gulfstream Park...

[read more]

Tiznow filly tops F-T NY Selected sale title=
Tiznow

Tiznow filly tops F-T NY Selected sale

Tiznow had the top-priced lot during the first session of the Aug. 15-16 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York Bred Preferred Yearlings auction...

[read more]

More Than Ready filly rolls by seven in Niagara S. title=
More Than Ready

More Than Ready filly rolls by seven in Niagara S.

Hard to Stay Notgo dominated the $50,000 Niagara S. Friday at Finger Lakes, the second stakes win in the young career of the 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready...

[read more]