Road to the Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Gold Street

Jan 26, 2020 John Mucciolo/

Mike McCarty’s Gold Street earned 10 points on the “2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby” following his triumph in the $150,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park. The sophomore colt led at every call in completing a mile over the muddy going in 1:39.63 beneath Martin Garcia. 

The winner improved his lifetime line to 6-3-2-0, $225,218, following his second stakes success. He was a 3 1/2-length winner of the Sugar Bowl S. at Fair Grounds in his most recent engagement.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Gold Street was unplaced on debut at Ellis Park on Aug. 24, racing near the back of the pack throughout while never threatening. The colt showed marked improvement second time out at Churchill Downs when finishing a clear runner-up in a maiden special weight event going 6 furlongs.

Gold Street missed by a head in a special weight dash at Keeneland in his third engagement, but he broke through with a daylight tally beneath the Twin Spires on November 23, drawing away by seven lengths. His Smarty Jones romp was his third consecutive facile victory.

The son of Street Boss was bred in the Bluegrass State by Erich Brehm, and he passed through the auction ring on a pair of occasions. He brought the gavel down at $55,000 as a short yearling at the OBS Winter Mixed Sale, prior to fetching a bid of $150,000 at Keeneland September later that year.

He is the initial black-type winner produced from the stakes-placed Fusaichi Pegasus mare Morakami. He counts 2018 Longacres Mile S. third Oh Marvelous Me, and 2019 CTT and TOC S. runner-up Over Thinking, as half-siblings.

Gold Street is trending is an upwards direction since appearing on the track. He has improved his Brisnet Speed rating in each lifetime showing (60-83-89-90-93-99), and the 101 Brisnet Late Pace figure he registered at Oaklawn suggests that he will be effective at distances longer than a mile.

While he has his critics as a viable Triple Crown contender, Gold Street is an improving colt with big early speed, and he hails from excellent connections as well. The bay should not be taken lightly on the 2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby.

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