If an interested party cares to make a gentlemans wager, I will bet that when Derby betting opens at Churchill Downs Street Sense will be favored on the first flash of live betting. Only an octopus could have supplied more ink than was given the colts Derby workout at the Louisville track.

Influential Derby observer Steve Haskin put the five-furlong breeze in :59 flat with the two best Derby workouts hes seen recently, those of Barbaro and Smarty Jones. And we know how those Derbys turned out.

Always within himself, SS finished strongly while under no pressure to do so and galloped out another furlong in :12 2/5, earning him a six furlong out time of 1:11 2/5. It was so good trainer Carl Nafzger called the move perfect before and after the work. Smart guy, Nafzger.

What impressed Haskin was the fact the colt exited the work without drawing a deep breath. Can you say Derby fit? The rest, of course, depends on how Street Sense handles 19 rivals on the track a week from Saturday. But Louisvillians love bluegrass connections and Nafzger is one of their favorite folks.

Likely post time favorite Curlin--visually impressive and undefeated--worked five-eighths at Keeneland in 1:00 4/5 with a final quarter mile of :23 2/5 on Polytrack. Trainer Steve Asmussen likes the fitness and rebounding properties Polytrack offers but also is smart enough to know the colt should have a blow at Churchill, scheduled for early next week.

Wood winner Nobiz Like Shobiz worked a purposeful five furlongs in :59 3/5 at Belmont Park for Barclay Tagg, but it was what he did after that was more significant. Gallop-out times of 1:27 for seven-eighths and 1:42 and change for a mile is almost Whittingham like, although Charlie would have preferred a strong one-mile work, not a gallop-out, over the Churchill track. But shipping in late worked for Funny Cide and trainers are creatures of habit, especially Derby-winning trainers.