Saratoga Springs, NY--July 29, 2007

Dear Diary,

For Calvin Borel this time, the celebration started early.

Perhaps it was the shock of his Kentucky Derby victory that prevented Borel from whopping it up at least until he got his classic winner pulled up on the backside of Churchill Downs.

But not yesterday at Saratoga. Once Borel urged his Derby winner passed C P West, the resolute pacesetter, he turned his whip down, Street Senses ears went up, Borel took a firm hold with his left hand and, with his right, blew kisses to the crowd.

Most racing fans have a love/hate relationship with jockeys. Thats what happens when someone elses decision and athletic ability either win or cost you money.

Win or lose, however, fans who dont enjoy watching Calvin ride Street Sense probably ought be betting their money on something else, like the NBA.

Yesterdays Grade 2 Jim Dandy was routine and yet not without its anxious moments. Anticipating that he would be fresh, Borel and Carl Nafzger sensed the colt would be closer to the early pace.

And he was, about five lengths off the lead, saving ground, of course, but moving comfortably as the leaders raced through sensible but solid fractions.

But there was a moment leaving the half-mile pole when Borel appeared to be nailed to the fence. And Garrett Gomez and Johnny Velazquez and Cornelio Velasquez were doing their best to keep him right where he was.

Fortunately for Borel, Cowtown Cat was unable to keep pace at the precise moment he was seeking running room. He got it, soon after entering the straight.

From there, it was a matter of when Street Sense would forge ahead of C P West. That point came with a sixteenth of a mile left to run.

Street Sense began leaning inward, as he usually does in deep stretch, but never came close to hindering the progress of the Nick Zito-trained frontrunner.

When Street Sense crossed the line, the timer read 1:48.99, well off Lawyer Rons track record set 24 hours earlier in the Whitney. But a final furlong in :12 and a couple of ticks should have him precisely where he needs to be on August 25th.

Win or lose the Travers, Calvin Borel is enjoying his once in a lifetime horse in his first full Saratoga season, and having an awesome time. Ill be happy as long as Mr. Nafzger keeps me riding him.

So will the colt and so will Nafzger as long as Street Sense keeps on doing what he does best.

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With more than $800,000 wagered in the show pool, and over $700,000 of it on the $2.70 winner, a negative show pool cost the house $143,181.


First Race: Mega-dropdown Cool the Economy didnt look great in the parade postward but was a lot better when she showed her class to outgame Sneaky Girl is a stretch-long duel, denying trainer Gary Gullo a natural longshot double, his Any Which Way having taken Saturdays finale at $23... Fourth finisher Tzipi was untenably wide into the stretch but continued willingly in a wide rally; bet back under similar conditions.

Second Race: Another impressive juvenile winner as J Z Warrior, responding most favorably from the addition of blinkers, made two moves on the lead before drawing off to win by 10 widening lengths in 1:10.40. It was the third win at the young meet for Zayat Stables Debuting Hopehopehope should not be a maiden long. After being reserved inside early, he angled out for room midstretch and finished well; note. Favorite Jolie The Cat stalked the winner until they straightened away then was summarily dispatched.

Third Race: Chipotle for all my friends! Bobby Flays Sophies Salad took command leaving the three-sixteenths and drew clear in the short turf sprint. Favorite Tuckahoe Road disappointed from her wide post but the outside didnt deter Stormy Winter, who finished strongly in her turf and seasons debut for Pat Kelly; bet back under similar conditionsFrozen Prospect, unplaced, suffered through a circuitous journey. Find a replay center somewhere and decide for yourself.

Fourth Race: Apparently unbeknownst to us all, upon his retirement Jerry Bailey bequeathed Edgar Prado with his rail pass, especially effective on grass. Saving ground made the difference for Willis Sweet Girl. Madam Manguy was a good second for John Parisella after stalking the pace throughout, holding very gamely late.

Fifth Race: Special-weight state-bred juvenile fillies and first-year sire Hook And Ladder continues on his precocious rounds. Richard Schosberg had her ready and Ramon Dominguez timed it perfectly for a narrow score over the experienced Staid, a willing runnerup. Debuting Ophite was a close-up third for David Donk, whose debut types are not as good as his second-out types; note.

Sixth Race: Bang-bang finish as Banrock and Admiral Bird hit the line together, Banrock taking advantage of the better trip; Admiral Byrd forced to rally very wide through the straight for Team Clement/Gomez. Excellent try from show finisher Chasing the Crown, whose game has been much improved since trying turf, nearly overcoming wide draw. Trainer Wesley Ward, in midst of career year, nearly got it done with his first Spa starter of the season.

Seventh Race: Another winner for white hot Clement shed, only this time with JJ Castellano, not Gomez, as Breezing gets up in final strides over Lets Fly Away, longshot runner making second start for Mike Hernandez, who gave leg up to Dominguez. Ramon was forced to alter course to rail in midstretch, just missing. Much improved Wheelaway filly now off a change-of-pace rally performance and should be set for best; bet back.

Eighth Race: Fast working Seventeen Love found a huge opening on the fence, shot through, and won by a comfortable margin over strong finishing runnerup Rizzis Twist. Favorite Classic Flirt was eased through the stretch beneath Gomez who, the first race notwithstanding, had a rough day. He did the end day on top of the leader board, his seven winners one more than Johnny V.

Tenth Race: JV took the finale with Whats Your Point for Rick Schosberg, whose horses are running well at this meet. Favorite Short Fuse Tara sat comfortable behind a fast pace but offered nothing in the drive. It appears David Jacobsons horses race better at inflated odds.