Street Sense Wins!

STREET SENSE, reserved immediately after the start as the field came away in good order, relaxed nicely, reached the rail before going a furlong and settled well off the pace, began picking up horses approaching the far turn, got through cleanly inside, split foes two or three wide at the quarter-mile ground, moved three wide to go after pace-setting HARD SPUN, took over, opened a clear advantage at the furlong grounds when roused sharply left-handed, then, with the rider glancing back and changing hands with the stick, continued resolutely. HARD SPUN worked his way in two wide to vie for the lead early, gained the lead soon after going a quarter while racing in hand, edged clear entering the backstretch while carefully handled, increased his advantage to be well clear into the upper stretch, bobbled leaving the eighth pole, angled outside of STREET SENSE in the late going and wasn't a match for that one as second best. CURLIN, steadied lightly during the opening eighth while between rivals near the inside, was unhurried to the end of the backstretch between horses, continued between rivals when advancing into the stretch, made a bold run five wide approaching the final furlong but couldn't threaten the top two. IMAWILDANDCRAZYGUY, outrun four wide for seven furlongs, moved between rivals approaching the final quarter, swung out ten wide entering the stretch and made up some ground. SEDGEFIELD, forwardly placed near the inside from the outset, raced within easy striking distance into the upper stretch and came up empty. CIRCULAR QUAY raced far back five or six wide from early on, bumped for a stride with STORMELLO leaving the five-sixteenths pole, then improved position slightly while not a threat. TIAGO, outrun early, angled to the inside on the far turn, rallied along the rail approaching the stretch, continued three abreast when straightened for the drive and passed tired rivals. ANY GIVEN SATURDAY, never far back and between foes four wide, launched a bid midway down the backstretch, came out causing crowding while bumping with SCAT DADDY nearing the far turn, made an earnest run five wide between horses approaching the final quarter but flattened out when straightened for the drive. SAM P., unhurried for a half, made mild move six wide approaching the stretch but failed to continue. NOBIZ LIKE SHOBIZ, well placed while tracking the leaders from between horses, moved menacingly approaching the final quarter but faltered. DOMINICAN, in contention while between horses, was shuffled back in tight while bumping with GREAT HUNTER nearing the far turn and was finished nearing the stretch. ZANJERO settled near the inside, advanced steadily between calls on the far turn, had to steady when lacking room, was with the winner while outside that one, steadied again before the quarter-pole and had no further response. GREAT HUNTER, bumped with DOMINICAN in the early going, raced six or seven wide along the backstretch, was bumped while continuing wide nearing the far turn, made a solid run in the sixth path approaching the stretch but failed to continue. LIQUIDITY angled to the inside in the early stages, settled in good position in the two path along the backstretch, lodged a move along the rail leaving the far turn, angled out slightly while gaining a bit approaching the quarter pole then lacked a further response. BWANA BULL, between horses four or five wide much of the way, never reached contention. STORM IN MAY, outrun near the inside to the stretch, angled out five or six wide but never reached contention. TEUFLESBERG, up close between horses four wide, weakened steadily approaching the stretch. SCAT DADDY raced outside NOBIZ LIKE SHOWBIZ four or five wide along the backstretch, steadied in tight between horses and was shuffled back nearing the far turn and steadily tired thereafter. STORMELLO attended the early pace under a rating hold five wide, fell back slightly on the backstretch while continuing in contention in the five path, was asked for more three furlongs out, bumped for a stride with CIRCULAR QUAY approaching the stretch and was not persevered with late. COWTOWN CAT, up close between horses early, was finished leaving the backstretch.

Trainer

Carl Nafzger

Carl Nafzger, a former rodeo bullriding champion from Plainview, Texas, was indcuted into the US Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.  Nafzger trained Unbridled to victories in the 1990 Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup Classic, winning the 1990 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer. In 1998 he trained Banshee Breeze to the Outstanding 3 year old filly award. He trained Street Sense to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the 2007 Kentucky Derby. // Full Bio...

Jockey

Calvin Borel

Born in South Louisiana, Borel knew from a very early age he wanted to become a jockey. He won his first career Kentucky Derby in 2007 on Street Sense, and followed that up two years later with a rail skimming ride on longshot Mine That Bird, and won his third Kentucky Derby in 2010 aboard Super Saver. Borel also won the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes aboard Rachel Alexandra. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. // Full Bio...

Owner

James B. Tafel

The retired chair and chief executive officer for Dun & Bradstreet Technical Publishing Company (1978-1983), James B. Tafel is the owner and breeder of 2006 2 Year Old Champion Colt Street Sense.  Street Sense won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the 2007 Kentucky Derby and 2007 Travers Stakes. Tafel is a 1950 graduate of Pitt's Katz School of Business. // Full Bio...

Breeder

James B. Tafel

The retired chair and chief executive officer for Dun & Bradstreet Technical Publishing Company (1978-1983), James B. Tafel is the owner and breeder of 2006 2 Year Old Champion Colt Street Sense.  Street Sense won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the 2007 Kentucky Derby and 2007 Travers Stakes. Tafel is a 1950 graduate of Pitt's Katz School of Business. // Full Bio...

2001-Present

Current Era

2001 - Growth of the Kentucky Derby continued on all fronts as the 127th running attracted a crowd of 154,210, the second largest attendance in Derby history. Overall Derby Day wagering (all sources) rose to a record $107,598,904. For the first time in Derby pari-mutuel wagering history, all horses ran uncoupled with no entries or mutuel fields as betting interests.

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# Contender Jockey Trainer Owner Breeder
1 Street Sense Calvin Borel Carl Nafzger James B. Tafel James B. Tafel
2 Hard Spun Mario Pino Larry Jones Fox Hill Farms (Rick Porter) Michael Moran & Brushwood Stable
3 Curlin Robby Albarado Steve Asmussen Jess Jackson, Padua Stable, George Bolton & Midnight Cry Stable Fares Farm Inc.
4 Imawildandcrazyguy Mark Guidry William A. Kaplan Lewis Pell & Michael Eigner Ward & Geraldine Theisen
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Kentucky Derby 133 Race Recap

STREET SENSE, reserved immediately after the start as the field came away in good order, relaxed nicely, reached the rail before going a furlong and settled well off the pace, began picking up horses approaching the far turn, got through cleanly inside, split foes two or three wide at the quarter-mile ground, moved three wide to go after pace-setting HARD SPUN, took over, opened a clear advantage at the furlong grounds when roused sharply left-handed, then, with the rider glancing back and changing hands with the stick, continued resolutely. HARD SPUN worked his way in two wide to vie for the lead early, gained the lead soon after going a quarter while racing in hand, edged clear entering the backstretch while carefully handled, increased his advantage to be well clear into the upper stretch, bobbled leaving the eighth pole, angled outside of STREET SENSE in the late going and wasn't a match for that one as second best. CURLIN, steadied lightly during the opening eighth while between rivals near the inside, was unhurried to the end of the backstretch between horses, continued between rivals when advancing into the stretch, made a bold run five wide approaching the final furlong but couldn't threaten the top two. IMAWILDANDCRAZYGUY, outrun four wide for seven furlongs, moved between rivals approaching the final quarter, swung out ten wide entering the stretch and made up some ground. SEDGEFIELD, forwardly placed near the inside from the outset, raced within easy striking distance into the upper stretch and came up empty. CIRCULAR QUAY raced far back five or six wide from early on, bumped for a stride with STORMELLO leaving the five-sixteenths pole, then improved position slightly while not a threat. TIAGO, outrun early, angled to the inside on the far turn, rallied along the rail approaching the stretch, continued three abreast when straightened for the drive and passed tired rivals. ANY GIVEN SATURDAY, never far back and between foes four wide, launched a bid midway down the backstretch, came out causing crowding while bumping with SCAT DADDY nearing the far turn, made an earnest run five wide between horses approaching the final quarter but flattened out when straightened for the drive. SAM P., unhurried for a half, made mild move six wide approaching the stretch but failed to continue. NOBIZ LIKE SHOBIZ, well placed while tracking the leaders from between horses, moved menacingly approaching the final quarter but faltered. DOMINICAN, in contention while between horses, was shuffled back in tight while bumping with GREAT HUNTER nearing the far turn and was finished nearing the stretch. ZANJERO settled near the inside, advanced steadily between calls on the far turn, had to steady when lacking room, was with the winner while outside that one, steadied again before the quarter-pole and had no further response. GREAT HUNTER, bumped with DOMINICAN in the early going, raced six or seven wide along the backstretch, was bumped while continuing wide nearing the far turn, made a solid run in the sixth path approaching the stretch but failed to continue. LIQUIDITY angled to the inside in the early stages, settled in good position in the two path along the backstretch, lodged a move along the rail leaving the far turn, angled out slightly while gaining a bit approaching the quarter pole then lacked a further response. BWANA BULL, between horses four or five wide much of the way, never reached contention. STORM IN MAY, outrun near the inside to the stretch, angled out five or six wide but never reached contention. TEUFLESBERG, up close between horses four wide, weakened steadily approaching the stretch. SCAT DADDY raced outside NOBIZ LIKE SHOWBIZ four or five wide along the backstretch, steadied in tight between horses and was shuffled back nearing the far turn and steadily tired thereafter. STORMELLO attended the early pace under a rating hold five wide, fell back slightly on the backstretch while continuing in contention in the five path, was asked for more three furlongs out, bumped for a stride with CIRCULAR QUAY approaching the stretch and was not persevered with late. COWTOWN CAT, up close between horses early, was finished leaving the backstretch.