Street Sense: Street Sense Makes Sense to Breeders
Street Sense; Street Sense Makes Sense to Breeders: 2007, Calvin Borel was celebrating his first for three Kentucky Derby victories (2009 and 2010 would be he his next wins). Calvin Borel was Street Sense’s regular rider when he stole the 2007 Kentucky Derby by sneaking up the rail at odds of 4.9-1. The muddy stud colt not only made history by winning the Kentucky Derby, but he was also the first and only horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 2 and the Kentucky Derby at 3. Street Sense finished his three-year-old season before retiring to stud to begin his second career at Darley.
Street Sense was born in 2004 to the Dixieland Band mare Bedazzale. Bred, owned, and raced by James Tafel, the colt was a son of the Dubai World Cup winner, Street Cry (IRE). The colt had plenty of stamina and speed from a result of the cross, and only finished off the board in one lifetime start, which ironically was his final start in his racing career.
Street Sense started his racing career at Arlington, breaking his maiden in his second start at 6.5F on the main track. After that, the colt took third place in the Arlington-Washington Breeders’ Cup Futurity and the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. These races served as preps for his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile win, which he won under Calvin Borel by 10 lengths over the rest of the field at odds of 15-1. The favorite, Circular Quay finished second by 2 ¼ lengths over the next horse.
At three, Street Sense only participated in two prep races for the Kentucky Derby. He won the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) and placed in the G1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, finishing a nose behind Dominican. These two preps led to Street Sense romping in the Kentucky mud, beating Hard Spun and Curlin, as the post time favorite.
Street Sense started in the Preakness Stakes (G1), finishing a head behind Curlin. A Triple Crown would not be on the line in the 2007 Belmont, but that did not stop Curlin, who went on to finish second the Rags to Riches, the first filly to win the Belmont in 105 years.
Street Sense got a break before returning in the summer to win the Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga. He followed up in the Travers (G1), winning the Midsummer Derby. Street Sense was on a streak two race win-streak when he entered the Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park. Hard Spun was there to face his old rival, which is where he finally his win over Street Sense. Street Sense finished 1 ¼ lengths behind Hard Spun. Both were headed to the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The 2007 Breeders’ Cup Classic was the deciding factor for Three-Year-Old Champion. Street Sense, Curlin, and Hard Spun were head to head again. Street Sense finished 4th in the field of 9. Curlin won the race over Hard Spun by 4 ¼ lengths, deciding the three-year-old champion in the process.
2008, Street Sense commenced stud duty at Darley in Kentucky for a fee of $75,000. By 2010, Street Sense had been reduced to $50,000. In 2011, Street Sense was again reduced, this time to $40,000. 2011 was the first year Street Sense had runners, which included Castaway, Motor City, and grade one winner Aubby K. In 2012, his well-known son Cigar Street, started his career at a three-year-old. In 2013, Darley shipped to Japan for the season, where he was bred with most of Darley’s mares there. Returning in 2014, Street Sense stood for a fee of $40,000 again.
In his time at stud, Street Sense has 4 crops of racing age (officially 5 on January 1 when yearlings become two-year-olds). Among the four crops, he has 10 graded stakes winners, 22 stakes winners, and 22 stakes placers. Among those graded stakes winners are Sweet Reason, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Unlimited Budget, and Cigar Street. He also has stakes placed horses like Elnaawi (half to To Honor and Serve and Angela Renee), Sayaad, and Milam.
Street Sense is standing in Kentucky in 2015 for a fee of $35,000, which seems to be a honest price, as Darley is very highly priced for some. Street Sense has sired sprinters, classic runners, and precocious juveniles. His son Ocho Ocho Ocho already has ten points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Could Street Sense be a Kentucky Derby winner to sire another Kentucky Derby winner?
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