By WILL GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will
skip the Belmont Stakes so trainer Carl Nafzger can prepare his
colt for the Travers Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic later this
Nafzger said he talked to owner James Tafel for two hours
Wednesday night before deciding against a rematch with Preakness
winner Curlin in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
"The competitive side said 'Go,' the logical side said 'No, no,
no,"' Nafzger said.
Nafzger said they will aim toward the summer and fall schedule
that features the Travers and Breeders' Cup.
"Mr. Tafel said let's not chase spilled water," Nafzger said.
"We spilled our water during the Preakness. We got beat. We got
Street Sense and jockey Calvin Borel appeared headed to the
Belmont to chase the Triple Crown when he took the lead deep in the
stretch at the Preakness, only to have Curlin and jockey Robby
Albarado slip by at the wire.
So with the opportunity of being the first Triple Crown winner
since Affirmed in 1978 gone, Tafel wants his colt to chase the
possibility of becoming the first horse to win the Derby, the
Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the Travers and the Breeders' Cup Classic.
The Travers is Aug. 25 at Saratoga. The Breeders' Cup Classic is
Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.
Nafzger said there was a concern that Street Sense wouldn't have
time to get properly prepared for the Travers if he ran the 1½-mile
Belmont. The horse will be able to rest and compete in one or two
races between now and the Travers, including possibly the Jim
"I know there's disappointment we're not going to the
Belmont," Nafzger said. "But somewhere we want to make another
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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