08/14/2012 3:58PM

Saratoga: Street Life has workout for Travers moved up with rain on the way

Barbara D. Livingston
Preparing for the Travers, Street Life (left), with Walter Malasquez riding, has a five-furlong work Tuesday in company with a stablemate, Zivo.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Chad Brown needed to get a strong work into his Travers candidate Street Life and didn’t want to do it over a wet racetrack.

With a forecast that called for rain Tuesday night into Wednesday, Brown called an audible and sent Street Life out for a five-furlong move Tuesday morning that was timed in 1:01.01 over the main track. The work, originally scheduled for Wednesday, came just five days after Street Life went a slow half-mile in 50.04 seconds last Thursday.

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“I didn’t mind bringing him back in five days when he worked a little too slow last time, and the weather worried me,” Brown said. “We just adjusted his schedule. I thought he worked well. I got him in [1:00.66]. He galloped out well and came back very good.”

Street Life, winner of the Curlin Stakes in his last start, went in company with Zivo, a winner of two straight New York-bred races and a candidate for next week’s Albany Stakes. Walter Malasquez was aboard Street Life, while Ramon Dominguez was on Zivo. The two basically went around in 12-second furlongs before Street Life edged away late in a final quarter in 24.87 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.80 and seven furlongs in 1:30.

“He’s not flashy in his races, he’s not flashy in the morning,” Brown said. “He can be a lazy horse, and everyone knows it. When you shake him up and put him in the bridle, he goes. That’s what I saw today. He was strong going to the pole, he got in the bridle, stayed in the bridle the whole way – which is what I wanted to see – and he came back good.”

Street Life, a son of 2007 Travers winner Street Sense, comes into the Travers off a 1 3/4-length victory in the Curlin, in which he came from last and was fanned six wide in the stretch in a race run over a sloppy track.

“I thought he ran a great race in the Curlin,” Brown said. “He’s as fit as he’s going to be. Now it’s just maintaining where he’s at and putting him in the starting gate for the Travers.”

Brown said Street Life will have one more workout next Monday or Tuesday.