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Lets see as far back as I can remember its been at least 30 years since a 2y Champ has won the Ky-Derby. Sure several have run 2nd, but unless I'm wrong no 2yo Champ has won the Ky-Derby in the last 2 decades.
So my question is does this make current 2yo Champ LookinatLucky the false-fav for this years Ky-Derby? Or will he become the first 2yo Champ to win the Ky-Derby in the New Millenieum?
Have we forgotten Street Sense already?
Street Sense (horse)
Sire Street Cry
Damsire Dixieland Band
Country United States
Colour Dark Bay
Breeder James B. Tafel
Owner James B. Tafel
Darley Stud (June 2, 2007)
Trainer Carl Nafzger
Record 13: 6-4-2
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)
Infobox 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.
Three year-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
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Hmmmmm .... Last time I checked ... Hanging on to win by a desperate nose wasn't called manhandling ... But ... OK ... If you say so???
As soon as I saw the thread title I thought of Street Sense. How could anyone forget that he retired the "no 2YO champ has ever won the Derby" phrase? That was a pretty major accomplishment.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
I hadn't heard that phrase...
All of the Triple Crown Winners of the 70's were 2 year old champions as well (Secretariat, Slew, and Affirmed) And Spectacular Bid who was a 2 year old champion, won the Derby, and probably should have won the Triple Crown.
I think it might be true that the Breeders Cup Championship race for 2 year olds hasn't produced a Derby winner.. Is that what you meant?
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