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Street Sense: Winner of the 133rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
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Street Sense Blazes Great Comeback Win
When Street Sense won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs last November by 10 lengths, the overpowering victory was attributed by many to a pronounced inside bias on the Churchill Downs dirt track.
However, with Queen Elizabeth looking on at the 133rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, Street Sense returned to the spot that had served him so well, right next to the same rail, and with a powerful, sustained drive, proved that the earlier victory was no fluke. Rolling past one horse after another with stunning ease from 19th place, Street Sense collared the fast and stubborn leader Hard Spun with an eighth of a mile to go and ran away to victory in America’s greatest horse race before a crowd of 156,635.
The colt broke two Kentucky Derby jinxes to score the win under jockey Calvin Borel. Street Sense became the first Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner to return in the spring and win on the first Saturday in May, snapping an 0-for-23 skid. He was also the first 2-year-old champion to win the Derby since Spectacular Bid won it in 1979.
You can read more about Street Sense’s Kentucky Derby victory in The Washington Post: Link