Kentucky Derby winning Street Sense is the 2-5 overnight choice to win it and, on paper, heís impossible to beat. His class and talent are obvious. His performances figures tower over the competition.
But itís not like there arenít interesting horses in here. To wit: Sightseeing (10-1), Tiz Wonderful (9-2) and C P West (6-1).
Shug McGaughey has been waiting patiently to race Sightseeing around two turns since his somewhat surprisingly strong effort in the Wood Memorial. Everything about him, style and pedigree, to name two attributes, indicates that two turns is his game. He showed his class to win the G2 Peter Pan despite being compromised by soft fractions. He had little chance subsequently, Any Given Saturday running the entire field off their feet in a rapidly run Dwyer.
Undefeated Tiz Wonderful is returning from an injury. When last seen, he was defeating Any Given Saturday and eventual Blue Grass winner Dominican in the Kentucky Jockey Stakes at 2. Heís been training with extreme purpose, as Steve Asmussen obviously is intending to double-team Street Sense with this colt and, of course, his Preakness hero, Curlin.
C P West hasnít been seen since finding himself on the lead in the Belmont, a race Nick Zito, in a perfect world, probably would have skipped. He showed in the Preakness that he belonged with the divisionís best, and his last two works for this were very strong. Unusual for Zito to work his horses on the main track here. Make of that what you will.
Obviously, Street Sense is the most probable winner, no price restrictions, and, in the interests of value, weíll make one wager, a cold exacta with Sightseeing.
Running Totals: (67) 30-13-10 Dollar Return: $171.10 [Saturdayís results not included]