03/26/2007 11:00PM

Street Sense has work to do before traveling


BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Street Sense is scheduled to leave his winter base at the Palm Meadows training center Saturday, but not before having a serious workout prior to departure, said trainer Carl Nafzger.

"I want to get one more real good work in him before we leave out of here," said Nafzger. "When? Oh, I don't know. I'll let him tell me. Everybody knows the way we do things around here. You don't want to plan too much ahead because things can always change."

Street Sense, the 2-year-old champion of 2006 and a narrow winner of his seasonal debut, the March 17 Tampa Bay Derby, will be flown to Louisville and vanned to Churchill Downs upon arriving. The colt will have his final prep for the Kentucky Derby in the April 14 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

Nafzger watched closely as Street Sense returned from a routine gallop Monday morning at Palm Meadows and expressed nothing but admiration.

"Look at how good he looks," he said. "I'm extremely pleased with how everything's gone down here. We're heading home in just the kind of shape I was hoping we'd be."

Many horses headed north soon

Nafzger is hardly the only trainer getting ready to head north.

"There's going to be a mass exodus out of here over the next week or so," said John Dickson of Brook Ledge van lines, one of the main transporters of horses from Florida to Northern destinations.

Monday, Dickson was at Palm Beach Downs to help oversee the loading of Todd Pletcher-trained horses to New York. Tuesday, a full load of horses trained by Eion Harty was scheduled to leave Palm Meadows for Keeneland. Dickson said most of his clients are headed to Kentucky, where Keeneland will begin its 15-day spring meet April 6.

Matz comfortable with Dominguez

Trainer Michael Matz said that even though jockey Mark Guidry won aboard Chelokee in the colt's last start, a key March 3 allowance at Gulfstream, he went ahead and opted to change riders for the Florida Derby. Ramon Dominguez, who rode primarily in New York this winter but has a longstanding business relationship with Matz, will have the mount Saturday.

"It was something I just felt I had to do," said Matz.

In that adventurous last race, Chelokee was steadied while in traffic for much of the 1 1/8-mile trip before surging through a rail opening to win by three-quarters of a length.

Chelokee is one of 10 3-year-olds expected for the Florida Derby. The others are Scat Daddy, Stormello, Adore the Gold, Notional, Imawild-andcrazyguy, Bold Start, Hal's My Hope, Boogie Boggs, and Johannesburg Star. Entries were to be taken Wednesday.

Multiple stakes on weekend cards

Besides the Florida Derby, four other stakes, including three Grade 3 events, are set for Saturday at Gulfstream. Those races are the $150,000 Orchid Handicap, the $150,000 Pan American Handicap, the $150,000 Skip Away Handicap, and the $175,000 Aventura Stakes. Only the Aventura is ungraded.

The Sunday card will be anchored by a pair of $75,000 turf stakes, the Lure and Magna Distaff.

Dream Rush preps for Beaumont

Dream Rush, the 3 1/2-length winner of the Feb. 10 Old Hat Stakes in her last start, breezed a half-mile Tuesday in 49 seconds at Palm Meadows and could make her next start at Keeneland in the April 12 Beaumont Stakes.

Trainer Rick Violette, who is among the Palm Meadows trainers planning to send a string to Keeneland, withheld Dream Rush from training for four days after the filly came down with a slight fever following the Old Hat, which marked her third victory from four career starts and came at the expense of 2006 juvenile filly champion Dreaming of Anna.