OLDSMAR, Fla. (AP) - Street Sense just may be the horse to beat
in the Kentucky Derby.
The 2-year-old champion got his 3-year-old campaign off to a
rousing start Saturday, gamely holding off Any Given Saturday at
the finish to win the $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby.
Making his first start since romping to a 10-length victory in
the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Nov. 4, Street Sense rallied from
fourth place around the final turn to move into the lead along the
Unlike his runaway win in the Juvenile, Street Sense couldn't
pull away from Any Given Saturday, one of several Derby hopefuls
trained by Todd Pletcher.
The two colts dueled in the stretch before Street Sense put his
nose in front at the wire for his third win six career starts for
trainer Carl Nafzger.
Street Sense covered the 1 1-16 miles in 1:43.11, and returned
$4.40, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 6-5 second choice. Any Given
Saturday, with John Velazquez aboard the 3-5 favorite, returned
$2.20 and $2.10. Delightful Kiss paid $2.10 to show.
The final Derby prep for Street Sense will be the Blue Grass
Stakes at Keeneland on April 14. The Derby is May 5.
The last Derby winner with just two starts at 3 was Sunny's Halo
in 1983. Street Sense also would be attempting to break a Breeders'
Cup jinx - no Juvenile winner has gone on to take the Derby.
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