08/13/2017 7:41PM

Soul Streit scores touchdown for owner Kirk Herbstreit


DEL MAR, Calif. - College football season begins in a couple of weeks, and preparation for that kept Kirk Herbstreit from being at Del Mar on Sunday to watch the first horse he’s ever owned, Soul Streit, make his debut.

But he was on the phone to trainer Bob Baffert immediately after the race, with shouts of joy after Soul Streit stamped himself as a possible Del Mar Futurity prospect with an eye-catching victory.

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Soul Streit, a 2-year-old colt by Maclean’s Music, won a five-furlong race in a swift 57.76 seconds after breaking from the far outside in a field of 10 under Mike Smith. He is owned by a partnership that includes Herbstreit and Baffert’s wife, Jill.

“He said he felt like he was riding that horse,” Baffert said after he talked to Herbstreit, who is an analyst on ESPN’s College Football Gameday. “He was so pumped up.”

“Wow!! That was fun!! Can’t wait to watch this young horse keep growing,” Herbstreit said on Twitter.

Baffert was excited, too. The first part of this meet has been slow and, by his standards, unproductive.

“I told Mike in the paddock, our meet starts today,” Baffert said.

Soul Streit won by 5 1/4 lengths.

“He was just getting in gear,” Baffert said.

Soul Streit could come back in the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on the meet’s closing day Sept. 4. Baffert has won the Futurity a record 13 times.

Run Away on track for Futurity

Run Away, the likely favorite for the Del Mar Futurity, came out of his dominating victory in the Best Pal Stakes on Saturday in good order, trainer Simon Callaghan said Monday.

“He came out really well,” Callaghan said. “He takes his races really well. He’s a good-feeling kinda horse in the morning.”

Run Away has won all three of his starts. He is owned by Kaleem Shah.