Long shots are no strangers to winning the Kentucky Derby. In the 2012 field, there are some horses that could be the next Animal Kingdom—the long shot who won last year's derby.
In fact, the last favorite to win the Derby was in 2008 when Big Brown took the first race of the sport's coveted Triple Crown.
The race's history gives a long shot a puncher's chance to shock the world, and here are some horses in this year's Derby that could do just that:
After vastly improving in the Arkansas Derby with a strong showing, Sabercat becomes one of the horses who could be under the radar this year.
Despite being on a road to improvement, Sabercat still has much to prove. He lost by double-digits in that race, and—while that's alarming if you're placing a bet—you have to remember that's why he's a long shot.
The potential is there for Sabercat, yet it remains to be seen if he can improve upon his last running like he did in the Arkansas Derby.
Went the Day Well
Much like Animal Kingdom last year, Went the Day Well won the Spiral Stakes before the Kentucky Derby, and that will instantly draw comparisons to last year's Derby winner.
Still, Animal Kingdom's improvement from that race to winning the Derby was special, and Went the Day Well will need much of the same success if he wants to take the Derby in 2012.
The parallel is there with a former long shot, and that could make Went the Day Well a horse to highlight beyond the usual suspects.
Take Charge Indy
A former Florida Derby winner, Take Charge Indy is one of the most overlooked horses in this race.
Experts have him as a live long shot in the 2012 Derby, and although he'll have a tougher field in the biggest race of the year, Take Charge Indy's solid performance in Florida shouldn't be overlooked.
It showed his potential to run a solid, all-around race. That makes him dangerous in the Derby.