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Street Sense (horse)

Street Sense
200 px
Sire Street Cry
Dam Bedazzle
Grandsire Machiavellian
Damsire Dixieland Band
Gender Stallion
Foaled 2004
Country United States
Color Dark Bay
Breeder James B. Tafel
Owner James B. Tafel
Darley Stud (June 2, 2007)
Trainer Carl Nafzger
Record 13: 6-4-2
Earnings $4,383,200
Street Sense is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Bedazzle by Street Cry. He was born around 2004 in the United States, and was bred by James B. Tafel.
Major wins

Tampa Bay Derby (2007)
Jim Dandy Stakes (2007)
Travers Stakes (2007)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:

Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2006)
Kentucky Derby (2007)
U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (2006)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on August 25, 2007

Street Sense (foaled February 23, 2004 in Kentucky at Chesapeake Farm) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse, U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (2006) and winner of the 2007 Kentucky Derby, the 2007 Travers Stakes and runner up in the 2007 Preakness Stakes by a head. Owned and bred by James B. Tafel, his dam is Bedazzle, a granddaughter of Northern Dancer, and his sire is 2002 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry.


Two year-old season

Trained by Carl Nafzger and ridden by Calvin Borel, after breaking his maiden at Arlington Park, Street Sense finished third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes and third in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity behind the winner Great Hunter and Circular Quay.

On November 4, 2006, Street Sense won the most important race for 2-year-old (by a record 10 lengths) colts in the United States, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He was voted the 2006 Eclipse Award as the U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt.

Threeyear-old season

Wintered at the Palm Meadows Thoroughbred Training Center in Florida, in 2007 Street Sense followed the trail to the U.S. Triple Crown series. On March 17th, in his first race as a three-year-old, he won the Tampa Bay Derby by half a nose over Any Given Saturday in a thrilling home stretch battle that turned in a track record breaking time for the one and one sixteenth mile distance.

Street Sense was beaten by Dominican (11th in the 2007 Kentucky Derby having broken from post 19) in his last start before the Derby, in a photo finish. The slow pace of the race meant that most of the field had something left toward the finish - the first 5 horses home were separated by only a few lengths at the wire.

Street Sense won the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2007, paying $11.80 to win on a $2 wager. He rallied from a second-to-last deficit to beat Hard Spun by 2 1/2 lengths. This win made him the first winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile ever to win the Kentucky Derby and the first U.S. Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979.

Street Sense went into the second jewel of the Triple Crown as the favorite. What occurred was what many consider a race for the ages as Street Sense finished second by a nose to eventual two time horse-of-the-year Curlin in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2007. The nine-horse field included Derby runner-ups Hard Spun and Curlin, sixth-place finisher, Circular Quay, as well as, Mint Slewlep, Xchanger, King of the Roxy, Flying First Class, and C P West. Curlin defeated Street Sense by a head in a photo finish.

Owner James Tafel decided not to run Street Sense in the Belmont Stakes, looking to regroup for major races later in the year. On August 25, 2007, ridden by Calvin Borel, Street Sense won the Grade I $1 Million Travers Stakes, at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. He was the first horse to win both the Travers and Kentucky Derby since Thunder Gulch did it in 1995.

On September 29, he placed second in the 1 1/8 mile Grade II Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes on Polytrack at Turfway Park, behind Hard Spun. In his racing career, he is 0 for 3 on Polytrack.

Street Sense closed out his career with fourth-place finish on a sloppy track in the October 27, 2007 running of the Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park Racetrack. He retired to stud duty with earnings of $4,383,200.


On June 2, 2007, Tafel sold Street Sense's breeding rights to Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Darley Stud. The colt continued to be trained by Carl Nafzger and raced under Tafel's name through the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic. His retirement was announced on Tuesday October 30, 2007. He will stand at Darley's Jonabell Farm near Lexington, Ky. with a stud fee of $75,000 in 2008.


Finish Race Distance Track Date
4th Breeders' Cup Classic One and One-Quarter Miles Monmouth Park October 27, 2007
2nd Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Turfway Park September 29, 2007
1st Travers Stakes One and One-Quarter Miles Saratoga August 25, 2007
1st Jim Dandy Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Saratoga July 29, 2007
2nd Preakness Stakes One and Three-Sixteenths Miles Pimlico Race Course May 19, 2007
1st Kentucky Derby One and One-Quarter Miles Churchill Downs May 5, 2007
2nd Blue Grass Stakes One and One-Eighth Miles Keeneland Race Course April 14, 2007
1st Tampa Bay Derby One and One-Sixteenth Miles Tampa Downs March 17, 2007
1st Churchill Downs One and One-Sixteenth Miles Breeders' Cup Juvenile November 4, 2006
3rd Keeneland Race Course One and One-Sixteenth Miles Lane's End Breeders' Futurity October 7, 2006
3rd Arlington Park One Mile Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity September 10, 2006
1st Maiden Special Weight Six and One-Half Furlongs Arlington Park August 19, 2006
2nd Maiden Special Weight Six Furlongs Churchill Downs July 9, 2006


Pedigree of Street Sense
Street Cry (IRE)
Machiavellian Mr. Prospector Raise a Native
Gold Digger
Coup de Folie Halo
Raise the Standard
Helen Street Troy Petingo
La Milo
Waterway Riverman
Dixieland Band Northern Dancer Nearctic
Mississippi Mud Delta Judge
Sand Buggy
Majestic Legend His Majesty Ribot
Flower Bowl
Long Legend Reviewer



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