Street Sense – 2007 Kentucky Derby Victor
After a seventeen year stretch, Carl Nafzger, trainer of the latest Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense, found himself in the winners circle again. And that was just the start of the all attention, as the question on everyone’s mind is whether Street Sense can work his magic in the Preakness race and if he could be the next Triple Crown victor.
Nafzger was reluctant to make any predictions for the upcoming races, but carries an extremely satisfied and proud smile in regard to Street Sense’s two length race win. Not only has Street Sense rewritten history by becoming the second two year old, after Spectacular Bid’s win in 1979, to win the Kentucky Derby, but also the only colt on the horseracing circuit to have conquered the Derby with very few preparation races.
It seems that Street Sense enjoys getting spectators adrenalin pumping, by finding his pace from the back and then winning his races in spectacular style. In the Breeders Cup, Street Sense moved his way forward from the thirteenth place and won the race by a staggering ten lengths. In the Kentucky Derby, he left many gasping for breath as he picked up the pace from his nineteenth position to walk into the winners’ circle.
All eyes are guaranteed to be on Street Sense in the coming races, with his supporters hoping that he will be the 2007 Triple Crown winner. This honor fell on Sir Barton in the year 1919 and in 1978 Affirmed managed to win all three races in the Triple Crown. If Street Sense can accomplish the same, he will hold a proud space in the history of the Triple Crown.
Calvin Borel, Street Sense’s jockey, was overwhelmed by the win, praising his faithful steed as a horse that only knows how to give his best at all times. In all eight of the career races that Street Sense has entered he has never run a bad or disappointing race. It is therefore not unusual for the team to have high expectations for the Preakness, while remaining focused on the race and not allowing this amazing win to make them over confident. The winning of the Preakness and the elusive Triple Crown title is up to Street Sense, with the support and love of his jockey, trainer and owner.