Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III)

(gr. III , 8.5f ,)

STREET SENSE (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $180,000
Street Cry (IRE) —Bedazzle , by Dixieland Band
B—James Tafel, KY.; O—Jim Tafel LLC; T—Carl A. Nafzger

Any Given Saturday (DK B/ h, 120 lb) $60,000
Distorted Humor —Weekend in Indy , by A.P. Indy
B—Racehorse Management, LLC, KY.; O—Winstar Farm LLC and Padua Stables; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Delightful Kiss (GR/RO g, 116 lb) $30,000
Kissin Kris —Deputy's Delight , by French Deputy
B—Hobeau Farm Ltd., FL.; O—Hobeau Farm; T—Pete D. Anderson

Margins: nose, 6¼, 2. Others: Most Distinguished 116($15,000) , All I Can Get 116($9,000) , Optimistic Steve 116($6,000) , Lisselan Muse 116 . Winning Jockey, Calvin H. Borel.

Street Sense didn’t win the March 17 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) in his 3-year-old debut the same way he won the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last November. But it was more than enough to move him back to the top spot on Steve Haskin’s “Derby Dozen” (page 1745). Street Sense, who clinched the 2-year-old male championship with a 10-length score in the Juvenile, won the Tampa Bay Derby by a nose over Any Given Saturday. Surprisingly, Any Given Saturday was favored at 3-5 odds over Street Sense at 6-5.

Street Sense’s breeder/owner, James Tafel, and trainer, Carl Nafzger, have previous Kentucky Derby experience stretching back to the 1990s. Nafzger’s first-ever Derby starter, Unbridled, won the 1990 Run for the Roses for Frances A. Genter Stable and was voted champion 3-year-old male.

Tafel’s first and only Derby starter as an owner, Vicar, was trained by Nafzger. Vicar, winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) and Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) leading up to the Kentucky Derby, ran unplaced in the 1999 running, won by Charismatic.

A retired chairman and CEO of Technical Publishing Co., Tafel bought Street Sense’s second dam, Majestic Legend, for $75,000 at the 1986 Keeneland September yearling sale. Majestic Legend was consigned by Eaton-Williams, agent for her breeder, Mrs. John W. Hanes. Majestic Legend developed into a stakes winner, and as a broodmare produced stakes winner Binalegend for Tafel.

Tafel raced earlier grade I winners Banshee Breeze and and Unshaded. A homebred, champion Banshee Breeze won five grade I stakes, including two for Tafel in partnership.

Tafel no longer owns Street Sense’s dam, Bedazzle. Nafzger bought the mare from him for $180,000 at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale at the time Street Sense, a son of Street Cry, was a yearling. Consigned by Chesapeake Farm, agent for Tafel, Bedazzle was in foal to Distorted Humor. In March of 2006, she produced a filly for Randy Bloch.

At the time of Street Sense’s Breeders’ Cup win, Bedazzle was owned by Nafzger and Bloch in partnership with Bob Manfuso and John Seiler. Right after the Breeders’ Cup, Sheikh Mohammed privately bought Bedazzle (in foal to Speightstown).

Bedazzle, who remains in foal to Speightstown, is kept at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley near Lexington. She is booked to Street Cry, who stands at Darley.

Street Cry, 2006 leading first crop sire, has sired five stakes winners, including additional 2007 added-money winner Summer Doldrums. Street Cry’s fee is $50,000.—D.S.