Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense triumphed in the "Midsummer Derby" today at Saratoga, holding off longshot Grasshopper to capture the $1 million Travers Stakes by a half-length. The superstar 3-year-old, under regular rider Calvin Borel, paid $2.70 to win after the crowd at the sweltering Spa sent him off as the 1-4 favorite.
Borel extended his hand to Grasshopper's jockey, Robby Albarado, after crossing the line. Street Sense became the 10th Derby winner to capture the Travers; he was the first since Thunder Gulch in 1995 to enter the 1¼-mile race. Trainer Carl Nafzger will next give him one prep race before the Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth October 28.