“I felt a lot more comfortable doing something serious here than when we first get to
Curlin will face Hard Spun in the $1-million Haskell on Aug. 5, while Tiz Wonderful, who has been out with an injury suffered this winter, will make his return in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II) July 29. The son of Tiznow has not run since his victory over Any Given Saturday in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
It has not yet been decided in which of the two races Street Sense, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Any Given Saturday will run.
Hard Spun, second in the Kentucky Derby, third in the Preakness, and fourth in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) is being pointed toward the Haskell, according to trainer Larry Jones.
The son of Danzig breezed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at
“Nothing is set in stone, but Rick (owner Porter) told me he wants me to point him for the Haskell, so that’s what we’re doing. The way the track at Monmouth plays, he thinks that would be a good spot, so we’re trying to get our timing right for that race. We’ve been known to change our plans; you have to be a little flexible. But if all goes well and we have a perfect world we’re on target for the Haskell.”
Street Sense worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Churchill Downs Sunday under jockey Calvin Borel, and as usual came flying home with a final quarter in :22 3/5 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 3/5.
“He’s right on schedule,” said trainer Carl Nafzger. “We just let him be himself and let him do what he does. Every time I watch him, he surprises me. I keep thinking I’m dreaming in between, then I watch him work and he does it again.”
Nafzger said Street Sense will leave for
One horse steadily climbing the ladder in the 3-year-old division is Delightful Kiss, winner of the Ohio Derby (gr. II) and Iowa Derby. Trainer Pete Anderson could try the big boys in the Haskell or go for the $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. III) the day before.
Among those pointing for the West Virginia Derby is the Michael Matz-trained Chelokee, winner of the Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) and Barbaro Stakes.
A local horse to keep an eye on for the Haskell is