Street Sense proved he belongs at the top of the 3-year-old division by clinching the 138th running of the Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 25.
Photo: Adam Coglianese
The son of Street Cry turned back the determined Neil Howard trainee Grasshopper after hooking up in a fierce duel at the head of the stretch.
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Bred and owned by James Tafel, he ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.69 for trainer Carl Nafzger and jockey Calvin Borel.
Street Sense ""took control at the 16th pole,” said Nafzger.
Street Sense's narrow victory in the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) is sure to provoke discussion of whether he has already done enough to sew up the 3-year-old championship.
A patient ride from Javier Castellano helped Miss Shop to her first grade I victory with an impressive upset in the Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 24.
Miss Shop won going away by three lengths in a time of 2:03 2/5.
Hard Spun earned his first grade I victory when he turned back a serious challenge from First Defence in the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at Saratoga Aug. 25.
Ridden by Mario Pino, Hard Spun displayed another gutsy performance in the stretch.
Trainer Larry Jones says the ultimate goal for Hard Spun remains the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) at Monmouth Oct. 27.
Despite stumbling badly at the start, La Traviata claimed victory in the $114,700 Victory Ride (gr. III) at Saratoga August 25.
The horses come around the final turn in the $250,000 Ballerina Breeders' Cup (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 26.
Maryfield (left) takes the Ballerina Breeders' Cup at the wire.
Shakis hugs the hedge on the way to record-setting run in the Bernard Baruch.
Ridden by Alan Garcia, the Irish-bred Shakis, held off Big Prairie and Drum Major by three-quarters of a length.
Footlights pulls away late in taking the New York Turf Writers Cup Steeplechase Handicap at Saratoga on Thursday August 30.
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