Travers S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 10f ,)

STREET SENSE (DK B/ h, 126 lb) $600,000
Street Cry (IRE) —Bedazzle , by Dixieland Band
B—James Tafel, KY.; O—Jim Tafel LLC; T—Carl A. Nafzger

Grasshopper (DK B/ h, 126 lb) $200,000
Dixie Union —Grass Skirt , by Mr. Prospector
B—James Elkins, KY.; O—Farish, William S. and Hudson, Jr., E. J.; T—Neil J. Howard

Helsinki (DK B/ h, 126 lb) $100,000
Distorted Humor —Well Dressed , by Notebook
B—WinStar Farm, LLC, KY.; O—Four Roses Thoroughbreds; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Margins: ½, 10¼, neck. Others: Sightseeing 126($50,000) , C P West 126($30,000) , Loose Leaf 126($10,000) , For You Reppo 126($10,000) . Winning Jockey, Calvin H. Borel.

The Travers Stakes (gr. I) for 3-year-olds has had its share of winners earn Eclipse Awards and Horse of the Year honors. This year’s winner, James B. Tafel’s homebred Street Sense, is a strong candidate to do the same.

Street Sense not only has a Travers score, but also important wins in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Jim Dandy Stakes (gr. II). In the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), he was denied victory by a head.

Since the 1990s, four runners—Holy Bull (in 1994), Thunder Gulch (1995), Point Given (2001), and Bernardini (2006)—won the Travers on their way to champion 3-year-old male honors, and two them, Holy Bull and Point Given, were voted Horse of the Year. Previous winners of the historic race, first run in 1864, include such other 3-year-old champions as Man o’ War, Twenty Grand, Native Dancer, Buckpasser, and Damascus.

Trained by Carl Nafzger, Street Sense was voted champion 2-year-old male after winning the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He became the first Juvenile winner to capture the Run for the Roses.

Following the May 19 Preakness, Tafel sold the breeding rights in Street Sense to Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley. Neither party is saying if the deal includes any contingency clauses based on Street Sense’s racetrack performances. But if there are any contingency clauses and rewards for winning certain races, it’s almost certain that the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes, popularly known as the Mid-Summer Derby, would be one of those events.

Street Sense, the heavy Travers favorite, got up in the final furlong to win by a half-length over Grasshopper. It was 101¼4 lengths back to third-place finisher Helsinki.

Tafel, a retired chairman and CEO of Technical Publishing, purchased 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.

Street Sense’s dam, Bedazzle, who won four of 22 races for Tafel, is no longer owned by him. Tafel sold the mare (in foal to Distorted Humor) to Nafzger, agent, for $180,000 at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Bedazzle was consigned by Chesapeake Farm, agent.

Bedazzle now is owned by Sheikh Mohammed, who privately bought the mare shortly after Street Sense’s Juvenile victory last fall. Bedazzle, who was bought in foal to Speightstown, produced a filly this year. She resides at Darley near Lexington and is in foal to Street Sense’s sire, Street Cry.

Leading second-crop sire Street Cry, who stands at Darley, has sired 11 stakes winners. His nine stakes winners of 2007 also include Street Sounds (gr. II), Summer Doldrums (gr. IIIT), Street Magician (gr. III), Majestic Roi (Eng-III), and Per Incanto (It-III). Street Cry’s 2007 fee was $50,000.—D.S.