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Kentucky Derby Horses 2012: Daddy Nose Best Looks To Build Off Recent Success

The offspring of Scat Daddy and Follow Your Bliss, Daddy Nose Best is one of two major Derby contenders from the first crop of Scat Daddy, which has left many to believe that Daddy Nose Best will have some extended staying power due to his dam's side of the family.

Daddy Nose Best is trained by racing lifer, Steve Asmussen, who is the son of two horse trainers and brother to Cash a champion jockey. Asmussen has trained over 6000 winners and won 650 races in 2009, shattering his own record for wins in a single season. Garret Gomez will be the jockey; he won back-to-back Eclipses for Outstanding Jockey in 2007 and 2008 and has won ten Breeders' cup races. He has nine appearances in the Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 when he finished second. Cathy and Bob Zellers are the owners and have been associated with horse racing since the 1990s. They have previously run in the Derby with Fifty Stars and Private Emblem.

Daddy Nose Best has a 15/1 odds of winning the Derby.

Here are his most recent finishes:

March 25, Sunland Derby: Finished first; 1 1/8 miles

February 18, El Camino Real Derby: FInished first; 1 1/8 miles

November 5, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf: Finished sixth; 1 mile (turf)

September 17, Summer: FInished third, 1 mile (turf)

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.