09/20/2007 11:00PM

Ky. Cup Classic waiting on Street Sense

EmailNominations closed last week for the five-race Kentucky Cup series at Turfway Park, including the signature event, the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic, which carried with it a huge question that Carl Nafzger was supposed to answer on Saturday: Will Street Sense run?

With Street Sense, the Classic figures as a terrific race, considering that archrival Hard Spun already has been committed by trainer Larry Jones to the 1 1/8-mile event. Without him, the race is just okay, and Hard Spun will default to being a heavy favorite.

Randy Wehrman, stakes coordinator at Turfway in Florence, Ky., said Friday that even after getting 27 nominations, he will be hard-pressed to get many horses to run if Street Sense is in.

Nafzger said after Street Sense breezed Wednesday at Churchill Downs that he would announce Saturday which of three races he had chosen as a final prep toward the Breeders' Cup Classic. Besides the Kentucky Cup, his options are the Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne and the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

Wehrman mentioned another half-dozen horses as possible starters for the Classic, depending on what Nafzger decides. Among the horses whose connections are giving the race serious thought are Cat Shaker, Extreme Supreme, Kona Blend, and Smokeyjonessutton.

Entries for all five Kentucky Cup races will be drawn Wednesday at the track. The other races are the Distaff, Sprint, Juvenile, and Juvenile Fillies.

Teuflesberg tentative for Vosburgh

Teuflesberg, scratched from two stakes at the Turfway meet, is tentatively being pointed to the Grade 1 Vosburgh next Sunday, Sept. 30, at Belmont Park, said trainer Jamie Sanders.

"That's what we're looking at, with the Breeders' Cup after that," she said.

Teuflesberg was scratched from the Sept. 8 Turfway Fall Championship and the Sept. 15 Marfa Stakes. Sanders said differences among the partners who own Teuflesberg has been a factor in those scratches but declined further comment. Rumors about the colt being sold have run rampant, but as of Friday there are no agreements for a purchase, said Sanders. Gary Logsdon owns 55 percent of Teuflesberg, while the remaining shares are split among Jeff Singer, Sanders, and her fiance, Donnie Kelly.

Teuflesberg has remained in training at Turfway and would ship to New York for the Vosburgh "a couple days out," said Sanders. She said the partners have not pinpointed a specific Breeders' Cup race for the colt.

Pro-Ride installation complete at Skylight

The installation of a new synthetic surface called Pro-Ride was recently completed at the Skylight Training Center just outside of Louisville. Skylight, with a capacity of about 140 stalls, is used as a satellite training facility by Nafzger, Ian Wilkes, Niall O'Callaghan, and several other trainers.

Skylight, which is six furlongs in circumference, is the first equine facility in North America to use Pro-Ride, a non-wax-based synthetic manufactured by an Australian-based company. Instead of a wax base, Pro-Ride uses a polyurethane compound.

Another widely used training facility just outside of Louisville, High Point in LaGrange, has used Polytrack for several years.

Unbridled Sidney is retired

Unbridled Sidney, arguably the top filly-mare turf sprinter in North America at the peak of her career, has been retired, said her trainer, Ronny Werner.

Unbridled Sidney, a 6-year-old Unbridled's Song mare owned by Douglas and Norinne Devenport, came out of her Sept. 3 career finale at Philadelphia Park with an injury that led to her retirement, said Werner.

In 23 starts, most of them turf sprints, Unbridled Sidney won eight times, including five stakes. She set a course record for five furlongs at Churchill Downs in 2005 and also won the Distaff Turf Championship at Calder and defeated males in the Cherokee Run Stakes during Breeders' Cup week last fall at Churchill. She earned $680,380.

* The fifth annual Race for Education in memory of Karri Casner will be held Oct. 6 in Midway, Ky. There will be 5- and 10-kilometer road races, with cash and other prizes being offered. Karri Casner, the daughter of WinStar Farm co-founder Bill Casner, was killed in a terrorist attack in Indonesia in October 2002. For more information on the benefit run, call Elisabeth Jensen at 859-252-8648.