08/20/2007 11:00PM

Street Sense the cure for Borel's ills


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Calvin Borel wasn't feeling well Monday, saddled with some sort of virus that has caused vomiting and laryngitis.

While a doctor did put him on antibiotics, there is no elixir quite like sitting on a Kentucky Derby winner.

On Tuesday morning, Borel was aboard Street Sense, guiding him through a five-furlong workout in 1:00.14 over Saratoga's main track. It was the 3-year-old colt's last work before he runs as a heavy favorite in Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

"You come work this horse it's a lot better than any medicine," said Borel.

Trainer Carl Nafzger wasn't looking for as strong a work as last week's, when Borel got to urging Street Sense through the lane during a five-furlong move in 59.68 seconds. Instead, Street Sense went a lot easier in Tuesday's work, which Saratoga clockers caught in fractions of 24.49 seconds for two furlongs and 36.21 for three furlongs, meaning Street Sense got his last quarter-mile in 23.93 seconds. Street Sense galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.32.

"He went real good, awesome," Borel said. "I thought last week the track was a little deep, but it's pretty deep this morning, too, now. It's a little cuppy this morning. But he worked awesome, as good as before. The horse is doing good right now."

Nafzger said he just wanted to see Street Sense finish up well.

"He finished with good energy, he did it easy, it was a perfect work," Nafzger said. "No excuses. He did this work a lot easier than the last work."

It has been a terrific summer thus far for both Nafzger and Borel. While Nafzger has won three stakes this meet - the Banshee Breeze, Jim Dandy, and Alabama - from four starters, Borel has won 7 races from 80 mounts and $1.3 million in purse money. In addition to the three aforementioned stakes, Borel won the Grade 1 Sword Dancer with Grand Couturier.

In past years, Borel usually had taken a seven-week summer vacation, riding mainly on the weekends.

"We had a good meet, can't complain," Borel said. "It's been wonderful. Keeps me going, keeps me fit, keeps my clock right."

According to his agent, Jerry Hissam, Borel will ride here through next Wednesday, then ride sparingly over the next five weeks. He will ride at Philadelphia Park on Sept. 3, Belmont on Sept. 8 and 30, and Kentucky Downs on Sept. 22.

It's final: No Travers for Tiz Wonderful

Trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed Tuesday that Tiz Wonderful, who finished last in the Jim Dandy Stakes, would skip the Travers.

"We're going to pass," Asmussen said, without giving a specific reason. "It's in his best interests."

It appears that seven horses were going to pass the entry box on Wednesday. With riders, they are: Street Sense (Borel), Sightseeing (Edgar Prado), C P West (Cornelio Velasquez), Grasshopper (Robby Albarado), Loose Leaf (Kent Desormeaux), Helsinki (Julien Leparoux), and For You Reppo (Garrett Gomez).