James Tafel's Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), continued his preparation for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) with a sharp four-furlong work Oct. 9 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Carl Nafzger looked on as jockey Calvin Borel guided the 3-year-old colt through his half-mile move over a fast track in :48.40, which ranked as the seventh-fastest work of 38 at the distance. The homebred son of Street Cry completed the work in fractional times of :13.00, :25.20, and :37.00.
Street Sense finished very strongly as he galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40, which would have tied as the third-fastest time of the day for a breeze at that distance, and completed six furlongs in 1:12.40. It was his first move since he finished second to Hard Spun in his final Breeders’ Cup prep race, the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) on Turfway Park’s Polytrack surface.
“He came back so much better after that Polytrack race,” Borel said. “It’s amazing. I don’t know why and I don’t know what (a race on Polytrack) does to him. I don’t know if he just gets a lot of out of it, or if it gets him keyed up, but he’s doing good…perfect.”
Despite the second-place finish by Street Sense in his final prep at Turfway, Borel remained very optimistic about the Kentucky Derby winner’s chances in the 1 ¼-mile Breeders’ Cup Classic Oct. 27 at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park.
“I’m not worried – I know what kind of horse he is,” Borel said. “You’ve got to throw the last one (Kentucky Cup Classic) away. I couldn’t ride him like I wanted, and Carl knows that. He’s not a horse that’s going to lay close to the lead and stuff like that. We’ll have some pace next time…I think you’ll see a totally different race. I’ll be surprised if he gets beat.”
With his runner-up finish in the Kentucky Cup Classic, the colt’s career record now stands at 6-4-2 in 12 starts with earnings of $4,128,200. He is expected to work one more time at Churchill before he ships to Monmouth about 10 days before the Breeders’ Cup.