Street Sense Captures Travers

Derby winner adds 'Midsummer Derby' to trophy case
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2007 5:44 PM CDT
Jockey Calvin Borel aboard Street Sense (4) celebrates after beating Grasshopper with jockey Robby Albarado at the 138th Travers Stakes at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.