By J.J. Hysell
Jockey Calvin Borel is firmly in this year’s Kentucky Derby mix with Almost Famous, a solid fourth in the Holy Bull, and Ride on Curlin, who won his 3-year-old debut in an allowance at Oaklawn.
Borel might be adding a third contender to the list in Street Strategy, a son of Street Sense who powered his way to a six-and-a-half length win at Oaklawn Thursday in his second start.
Street Strategy, a gray colt trained by Randy Morse and owned by Iron Horse Racing, was quite professional in victory. He grabbed the early lead, was passed and positioned between two horses, rated, then re-emerged with the lead and drew off.
The final time of 1:42.05 is on the slow side for a mile, but it should be noted times have been on the slower side for the Oaklawn meet so far, and Street Strategy was firmly in hand at the wire.
In his debut on Jan. 11, Street Strategy rallied from far off the pace to finish second to the highly regarded Paganol. Paganol is under consideration for the Southwest Stakes.
Borel is fond of Street Sense progeny, and it’s obvious why. Borel guided Street Sense to a win in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, the first of three Derby victories for Borel.
Street Strategy is one of many intriguing 3-year-olds who would have to overcome the “curse of Apollo.” Apollo, the 1882 Derby winner, was the last horse to win the Derby without racing at the age of 2.