Street Sense rallies to win 133rd Kentucky Derby

May 5, 2007 - 11:07 PM LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Street Sense had all the horsepower.

Coming from far back, Street Sense roared past Hard Spun in the stretch en route to capturing Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby at famed Churchill Downs.

Next-to-last at one point in the full 20-horse field, Street Sense became the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner in 24 tries to capture the Kentucky Derby. He also is the first 2-year-old champion to win the race since Spectacular Bid in 1979.

The victory put trainer Carl Nafzger back in the winner's circle at Churchill Downs. Nafzger trained Ubridled, who won the Run for the Roses in 1990.

Street Sense received a beautiful ride from Calvin Borel, who made the decision to send his colt through an opening on the back stretch. From there, Street Sense zoomed past Hard Spun midway through the stretch on his way to a 2 1/4-length victory in horse racing's most prestigious race.

For 83-year-old owner James Tafel, Street Sense covered 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.17. The enormous win for Street Sense establishes him as the clear-cut favorite for the Preakness Stakes in two weeks.

On his hometown track where he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by 10 lengths last November, Street Sense went off as the favorite and paid $11.80, $6.40 and $4.60.

Setting the pace for the first three-quarters, Hard Spun settled for second with Mario Pino aboard for trainer Larry Jones. Hard Spun returned $9.80 and $7.

Also shuffled back at the start, Curlin came on to finish third for trainer Steve Asmussen. The lightly raced colt, who had been undefeated in three career starts, paid $5.60 with Robby Albarado in the irons.


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