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Mar 25 2012 Sunland Derby Sunland Park III 1 1/8 Miles 1 REPLAY
Feb 18 2012 El Camino Real Derby Golden Gate III 1 1/8 Miles (S) 1 REPLAY
Nov 5 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Churchill Downs I 1 Mile (Turf) 6 REPLAY
Sep 17 2011 Summer Woodbine III 1 Mile (Turf) 3 REPLAY


Steve Asmussen


Asmussen was born into a racing family as his father and mother are both trainers and his brother Cash is a champion jockey. Steve has trained over 6000 winners and in 2009, shattered his own record for wins in a single year with 650 earning the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top trainer. Asmussen trained back-to-back Horse of the Year’s in Curlin and Rachel Alexandra and undefeated Eclipse Champion juvenile filly My Miss Aurelia in 2011.Other top runners include Kentucky Oaks winner Summerly, Regally Ready, Majesticperfection, Kodiak Kowboy, Haynesfield, Wilburn and Pyro.

Garrett Gomez


Garrett won back-to-back Eclipses for Outstanding Jockey in 2007 and 2008, has won ten Breeders’ Cup races, and won the Shoemaker Award for top performance by a jockey at the Breeders’ Cup in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010. Garrett won the 2007 Kentucky Oaks on Rags to Riches and has made nine appearances in the Kentucky Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 on Pioneerofthe Nile, who ran second. Garrett got involved in horse racing by his father, Louis. Took out his jockey’s license to start riding at Sante Fe Downs in New Mexico. Garrett won his first race on September 1988 aboard Furlong Circle, in 2008 he set a single season record for most stakes wins with 76. Top mounts have included: Blame, Lookin At Lucky, Pluck, Midshipman, Stevie Wonderboy, Borrego, Life is Sweet, Indian Blessing, Midnight Lute, Honor Glide, Wait A While, and Ventura. His favorite sport and past time is golf. Garrett Gomez was born on January 1, 1972 and resides in Durante, California.

Cathy and Bob Zollars


The Zollars have been involved in horse racing since the 1990's. Bob is the cofounder of Huitt Zollars Engineering firm in Dallas Texas where the couple resides. He was introduced to racing by friend James Cassels who the Zollars raced in partnership with . They have previously been represented in the Kentucky Derby with Fifty Stars and Private Emblem . In addition to those stable stars the Zollars have also campaigned top stakes winners Real Dandy and Thiskyhasnolimit.

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Scat Daddy--Follow Your Bliss, by Thunder Gulch

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One of two major Derby contenders from the first crop of millionaire Scat Daddy, Daddy Nose Best figures to receive sufficient staying power from his dam's side of the family.

Scat Daddy, a son of 2001 European and American champion juvenile colt Johannesburg, was a prominent two-year-old himself. The winner of the 2006 Champagne and Sanford, he finished second in the Hopeful and fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. But unlike Johannesburg, who failed to win at three, Scat Daddy prospered early on in the 2007 Derby trail. He just got up in time in the Fountain of Youth, and was more convincing when capturing the Florida Derby. Unfortunately, his progress ended with an uncharacteristic 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, which he exited with a tendon injury, and connections opted to retire him to stud.

Off to a hot start, Scat Daddy is already responsible for five stakes winners in addition to Daddy Nose Best. Group 2 winner Daddy Long Legs booked his Derby ticket by winning the lucrative U.A.E. Derby, while Shared Property and Finale have landed Grade 3 events, Grade 3 victress Lady of Shamrock has collected a trio of turf stakes, and Swag Daddy owns two New York-bred stakes wins. Scat Daddy has also sired several stakes-placed runners, most significantly Scatman, who has placed in the second division of the Southwest as well as the Rebel, and Handsome Mike, who was third to Daddy Nose Best in the El Camino Real Derby.

Daddy Nose Best is the second registered foal from Follow Your Bliss, who was winless from 12 starts. She is by champion Thunder Gulch, who came within a length of sweeping the 1995 Triple Crown. Thunder Gulch took the Kentucky Derby and Belmont by daylight, but missed in the Preakness. His other high-profile scores came in the Travers, Florida Derby, Fountain of Youth and Swaps, along with the Remsen at two.

Thunder Gulch's best son is Horse of the Year Point Given, who starred in the 2001 Preakness, Belmont, Travers, Haskell and Santa Anita Derby. Other outstanding runners by Thunder Gulch include Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Spain, Grade 1-winning millionaires Circular Quay and Balance (a half-sister to Zenyatta) and Tweedside, a 7 3/4-length romper when the Coaching Club American Oaks was still held at 1 1/2 miles.

Mares by Thunder Gulch have produced undefeated Princess Arabella, a Kentucky Oaks hopeful; fellow Oaks prospect Wait Til Dawn; Star Billing, heroine of last fall's Matriarch on turf; multiple Grade 2 winner Crown of Thorns; French highweight juvenile Passion for Gold; and smart Japanese sprinter A Shin Virgo.

Follow Your Bliss's dam, Follow the Money, won the Dahlia and Violet Handicaps on turf. She is by Pine Bluff, the winner of the 1992 Preakness and Arkansas Derby and a close third in the Belmont.

Daddy Nose Best has an intriguing pedigree pattern, for both his sire and dam have similar inbreeding. Scat Daddy is closely inbred to Mr. Prospector and also has a duplication of Northern Dancer, while Follow Your Bliss is inbred to Northern Dancer and to Mr. Prospector's sire Raise a Native.

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