08/22/2007 12:00AM

Street Sense 3-5 vs. six in Travers


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense drew post 4 and was installed as the 3-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

Street Sense will be the first Kentucky Derby winner since Thunder Gulch in 1995 to run in the Travers. Funny Cide, the 2003 Derby winner, entered the Travers but was scratched.

A field of seven was entered in the Travers, run at 1 1/4 miles over the main track. Carl Nafzger, the trainer of Street Sense, said the post position draw was inconsequential, but nonetheless liked his starting spot.

``I loved 4 because you're out from the rail, but you're inside, but I would have loved 7 too because of the Derby,'' said Nafzger, noting that Street Sense won the Derby from post 7. ``Who cares? I'm not superstitious. If this horse had a particular quirk about him I'd say you know we have to be outside, we have to be inside. But with this horse just ride your race.

``What makes Calvin [Borel] look great is he's got a great sense of pace on him as a whole,'' Nafzger added. ``He better not blow it Saturday.''

C P West, who finished second to Street Sense in the Jim Dandy, drew post 2 and was made the 5-1 second choice on NYRA oddsmaker Eric Donovan's morning line. Sightseeing, third in the Jim Dandy, drew post 7 and was made the 6-1 third choice.

The Travers field in post position order with jockeys and morning-line odds: Helsinki, Julien Leparoux, 20-1; C P West, Cornelio Velasquez, 5-1; For You Reppo, Garrett Gomez, 20-1; Street Sense, Calvin Borel, 3-5; Grasshopper, Robby Albarado, 8-1; Loose Leaf, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; and Sightseeing, Edgar Prado, 6-1.