It All Makes Sense in Kentucky Derby


The jinx is over.

Calvin Borel did what he does best, skim the rail, and Jim Tafel's Street Sense won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) Saturday, becoming the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner to return at 3 and win the Derby.

Hard Spun, whose jockey Mario Pino controlled the pace beautifully, held on for second and it was far back to the third-place finisher, Curlin.

It marked the first time since Sunny’s Halo in 1983 that a horse won the Derby with only two prep races at 3. But trainer Carl Nafzger, who won the 1990 Derby with Unbridled, was supremely confident in his handling of the son of Street Cry.

“We have a good horse, he took us every place we’ve been and he took us there every day,” Nafzger said immediately following the race.

Street Sense won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile over the same Churchill Downs strip that he won the Derby on. That 10-length victory stamped him the juvenile champion, and in winning the Derby, he became the first 2-year-old Eclipse Award winner to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid won the Run for the Roses in 1979.

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Dan Liebman

Dan Liebman is a former Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse as well as a past President of Blood-Horse Publications.

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