With Calvin Borel up, Street Sense had his final work Oct. 23 for the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) four days later, rolling around the Monmouth Park turn and finishing a five-furlong work in 1:01 1/5.
Clockers caught Jim Tafel’s son of Street Cryin :26, :38, :50 2/5 and galloping out six furlongs in 1:12 2/5.
The winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) looked impressive in the entire work, but it was on the turn that he was really rolling. And, when Borel stood up at the wire to gallop out the 3-year-old colt, he looked like he was relishing the Monmouth surface.
"That last three eighths, he was just rolling," Borel said. "He accelerates around the turn. When I stand up on him, he just knows…he just rolls. He got over this track well. He’s doing so good."
Trainer Carl Nafzger was equally as pleased with the move. "He worked great. He was very relaxed," said Nafzger, who won the Classic with Unbridled in 1990.
When asked to compare the work with the final move before he won the Derby, Nafzger said: "He’s a different horse now, he’s patient; he’s more professional."
Nafzger said it has been by design all along to have Borel work and ride Street Sense. He is the only member of the nine-horse Classic field to have only been ridden in his races by one jockey.
"It was a perfect work, and that’s why Calvin has been on him," Nafzger said. "(Borel) knows where he is in a work. He doesn’t come back and say, ‘I thought he was going this fast or that fast.’ Calvin knows."