01/26/2007 12:00AM

Street Sense the Experimental topweight


Street Sense, who scored a runaway victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and was named the champion 2-year-old male of 2006, was announced Thursday as the 127-pound highweight in the 2006 Experimental Free Handicap.

Dreaming of Anna, who parlayed a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies into an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly, heads the filly list at 123 pounds.

The Experimental Free Handicap has been published by The Jockey Club every year since 1935. It is a weight-based assessment of the previous year's leading 2-year-olds for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt, the same distance as the Breeders' Cup races. Three nationally prominent racing secretaries compile the list – P.J. Campo of the New York Racing Association, Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs, and Tom Robbins of Del Mar.

A total of 177 horses – 92 males and 85 fillies – were weighted. A horse became eligible by finishing in the top four in graded or other unrestricted United States races with a purse of at least $75,000.

Street Sense's 127-pound assignment is the highest on the Experimental Free Handicap since the 128 pounds given to Favorite Trick during his Horse of the Year season in 1997. The 2005 topweight, Stevie Wonderboy, was given 126 pounds.

Street Sense, owned and bred by Jim Tafel, won twice in five starts last year. Trained by Carl Nafzger, he is in Florida training for his 2007 debut.

Scat Daddy, who was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was second with 123 pounds. Assigned five pounds less than Street Sense at 122 were Circular Quay, who was second in the Breeders' Cup; Great Hunter, who was third; and Nobiz Like Shobiz, the Remsen Stakes winner who is considered no worse than the second choice in Derby futures betting.

Dreaming of Anna's 123-pound assignment is the standard weight given the leading filly. Folklore, the 2005 champion filly and Experimental filly highweight, also got 123 pounds.

Dreaming of Anna, bred and owned by Frank Calabrese, won all four of her starts last year. She is trained by Wayne Catalano, and like Street Sense she is in Florida preparing for her 2007 debut.

Octave, who finished second to Dreaming of Anna in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, is next on the fillies' list at 120 pounds, one pound more than Oak Leaf Stakes winner Cash Included. Appealing Zophie, Point Ashley, and Romance Is Diane are next at 118 pounds.