The $120,000 Street Sense Stakes will be run at a one-turn mile for two-year-olds on the main track at Churchill Downs on Sunday. With rain expected in Louisville this weekend, a wet track is a possibility.
Top Street Sense Stakes Picks
- #2 Tap It to Win
- #6 Silver Prospector
- #11 Carpe Victorian
- #3 Wheat King
- $20 Exacta: 2 with 3, 6, 11
- $10 Exacta: 3, 6, 11 with 2
Street Sense Stakes runner notes:
#1 SPRAWL ran into a fast group at Saratoga in his career debut then came back and was up the track while stretching out to a one-turn mile at Churchill Downs. He broke his maiden going two turns in modest time at Keeneland last out and really hasn’t shown much at this point of his career.
#2 TAP IT TO WIN showed high speed in his well-bet career debut going six furlongs on the turf at Woodbine back in July. He came back at Saratoga and won going six furlongs in fast time on the dirt but fell apart in his stakes and two-turn debut, refusing to settle and weakening to last in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. Tap It to Win has terrific speed and the one-turn should be to his advantage today. Son of Tapit is out of a multiple stakes winner by Medaglia d’Oro.
#3 WHEAT KING was a sharp debut winner going five furlongs at Ellis Park then came back at Keeneland in an extended seven furlongs and missed by a neck after contesting the pace every step of the way. He moves up to stakes company for Mark Casse, who seems to have a barnful of good two-year-olds. By Tiznow, Wheat King is out of a dam by Bernardini so the mile should be no problem.
#4 SOUTH BEND rallied from far back to get up by a nose to break his maiden first time out here going six furlongs. He came back there last out and beat Wheat King in a long sprint at Keeneland as the odds-on favorite. South Bend will be far back today but has shown he can pass horses with a rush.
#5 MR. TIP won going away by over three lengths in his well-bet career debut on the synthetic track at Arlington Park despite breaking poorly from post 1. He has to find three more furlongs today while moving up in class. Son of distance turf horse Mr Speaker is out of a dam by Candy Ride who won her only start on a sloppy track.
#6 SILVER PROSPECTOR ran indifferently in his first three career starts on the turf. It made sense since his sire, Declaration of War, is bred for turf, but Steve Asmussen put him on dirt at Keeneland last out and he pulled away to a two-length win after breaking out at the start. His sire was a terrific third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on the dirt and his dam won twice on wet tracks. After showing good speed in his maiden win, Silver Prospector will be involved right from the start under Ricardo Santana, Jr.
#7 FIGHTING SEABEE broke his maiden by two lengths on the turf at Ellis Park going two turns then shipped up to Saratoga and won a Grade 3 stakes race on turf. Last out at Keeneland, in another Grade 3 turf stakes, Fighting Seabee dropped back during the race and then came on again in the stretch. Ken McPeek wins 16% going from turf to dirt.
#8 AMERICAN BUTTERFLY did nothing in his career debut at Saratoga but woke up the second time out at 22-1, winning going away. He tired in the Hopeful Stakes (G1) next time out and tired again in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) going two turns at Keeneland. Son of American Pharoah will probably go to the front again today and try to hang on with Luis Saez.
#9 AXIOMO broke his maiden first time out at 45-1 in a turf sprint here back in June then won his dirt debut at Indiana Downs going six furlongs. He was outrun in a stakes race at Ellis Park going seven furlongs then raced in turf sprints his last two starts. Son of Tapiture gets the blinkers taken off for the first time.
#10 SHOTSKI did nothing in his career debut in a turf sprint at Kentucky Downs but woke up in his dirt debut last out with Lasix and blinkers added. He pulled away to a four-length win in good time and now stretches out to a mile for young trainer Jeremiah O’Dwyer. Son of Blame is bred to go long on the dirt.
#11 CARPE VICTORIAN broke his maiden second time out at Indiana Downs for Tom Amoss, who ships a lot of horses there. The two-year-old came back to beat allowance foes after racing closer to the pace and now stretches out in distance with some experience under his belt. By young sire Carpe Diem, Carpe Victorian is out of a stakes-winning dam by Malibu Moon who has produced four winners from four other foals to race including a stakes winner.