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Profile: Sabercat

In the Delta Jackpot, Sabercat handled some chaos and he targeted and released very smoothly and very efficiently. But the more of his races I watch, the more I doubt there is a really high herd dynamic here.

Even in his best moments, he doesn’t command control of space. I don’t feel his presence and neither do the other horses. And if the other horses don’t feel it consistently, he’s probably not that emotionally strong.

Sabercat does reasonably well at a lot of things, and he handles herd chaos, but he’s not a powerhouse. Certainly, he’s not as high as some of these other horses we’ve seen. I think he’ll get the distance OK, but he’s probably along for the ride in this race. I don’t see him taking command at any point in this race.

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