07/26/2008 11:00PM

Street Boss swoops wide to win Crosby


DEL MAR, Calif. - Two trends are emerging from Street Boss’s summer campaign - he cannot be too far back early and cannot be too wide on the turn.

After rallying five-wide to win the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park on July 5, Street Boss rallied seven-wide to win Sunday’s $300,000 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar.

The Grade 1 Bing Crosby was Street Boss’s fifth consecutive win, third consecutive stakes win, and solidified his status as California’s best hope for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Oct. 25.

Ridden by David Flores, Street Boss ($6.40) ran six furlongs in 1:08.67, setting a track record. Street Boss was last of nine through the first half-mile, chasing the pace of 22.21 and 44.62 seconds set by Barbecue Eddie.

Flores brought Street Boss wide on the turn and quickly made progress on the leaders. Street Boss was fourth at the eighth pole, 1 1/2 lengths behind then-leader Spot the Diplomat, and won by a length over In Summation.

“As soon as he changed leads, he took off,” trainer Bruce Headley said. “He has that certain style and it looked like he’s perfected it.”

In Summation, the winner of the 2007 Bing Crosby, had a troubled trip. He was in traffic on the turn and in the stretch and finished well. Jungle Prince finished third in the field of nine.

Street Boss, 4, has won 7 of 11 starts and $581,800. He will be pointed for the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Oak Tree on Sept. 27.