08/14/2007 11:00PM

Street Sense pressed for hard work


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - In what figures to be his most serious move between now and the $1 million Travers Stakes on Aug. 25, Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense worked five furlongs in 59.68 seconds Wednesday morning over Saratoga's main track.

With regular rider Calvin Borel in the irons, Street Sense worked in fractions of 24.57 and 36.40 seconds and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.24. Unlike many of Street Sense's previous works, in which Borel hardly asked Street Sense to run, Borel got busy with a vigorous hand ride in the stretch of Wednesday's drill.

"We wanted a hard work down that lane,'' trainer Carl Nafzger said. "We needed to finish off good this morning, and he finished [23.28 seconds] down the lane. They said the track is a little deep this morning, which is good."

To illustrate Nafzger's point, Street Sense's work was the fastest of 20 moves by .79 of a second at the distance before the harrowing break. After the break, the track sped up somewhat, as three works shaded a minute.

Time aside, Nafzger said he was pleased with the way Street Sense waited for Borel to ask him for run.

"He was very patient with Calvin," said Nafzger, who plans to work Street Sense one more time before the Travers. "He wasn't trying to overwork, he wasn't charging into the bit."

The Travers could shape up to be an eight-horse field as there are some new faces under consideration for the race. In addition to Jim Dandy runners C P West, Sightseeing, and Tiz Wonderful, as well recent overnight stakes Loose Leaf, now possible for the Travers are Grasshopper, Helsinki, and For You Reppo.

E Z Warrior preps for King's Bishop

Trainer Bob Baffert's second visit this summer to Saratoga began on a happy note as he watched his stakes-winning 3-year-old E Z Warrior blitz through a five-furlong workout in 59.53 seconds Wednesday morning. It was the fastest of 37 at the distance. He is being pointed to the King's Bishop on Travers Day.

E Z Warrior, with Rafael Bejarano up and blinkers on, worked in company with the 4-year-old maiden Pescatorio, a son of Storm Cat. E Z Warrior started three lengths behind Pescatorio, and finished one length in front.

It was E Z Warrior's second work since shipping to Saratoga from Del Mar.

"Today, I put a good one into him," Baffert said.

E Z Warrior had won his first three starts, including the Hollywood Juvenile Championship last summer and the San Miguel in January. In the Bing Crosby, against older horses, E Z Warrior stumbled badly at the break.

"He never got to run, because he never got out of a jog after he broke so poorly," Baffert said.

In addition to E Z Warrior, those expected to run in the King's Bishop include First Defence, Hard Spun, King of the Roxy, Most Distinguished, Spin Master, and Teuflesberg.

Political Force back to work

Suburban winner Political Force returned to the work tab Wednesday, breezing six furlongs in 1:15.43 as he prepares for the Grade 1 Woodward here on Sept. 1.

"That's all we wanted to do today," trainer Allen Jerkens said. "Next week, we'll get more serious."

Jerkens said Political Force got a brief freshening after his upset in the Suburban, but that he never was really out of training. Up until Wednesday, Political Force had been jogging or galloping almost every day.

"He's older now, he holds his weight more than he used to," Jerkens said.

Jerkens also breezed several of his fillies and mares who are pointing to upcoming stakes engagements.

Teammate, who is being pointed to the Gradeo1 Personal Ensign Handicap on Aug. 24, worked five furlongs in 1:03.27. She finished third in the Grade 1 Go for Wand last out.

Swap Fliparoo, who is being pointed to the Grade 1 Ballerina on Aug. 26, worked five furlongs in 1:02.07. Any Limit, third in the Grade 3 Vagrancy at Belmont on June 17, worked three furlongs in 37.64 seconds. Jerkens said she had been sidelined recently because of an ankle injury and he does not have a specific race picked out for her.

Big day for Godolphin

Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing won with all three of its starters on Wednesday's Saratoga card. All three had a different rider.

In the first race, Astronomia ($16) won a $69,000 allowance race with John Velazquez in the irons. In the third, Council Member ($5.50) won a $78,000 allowance race under Ramon Dominguez. In the sixth, Palace Episode ($15.20) won a $72,000 allowance race with Jean-Luc Samyn up.

Rick Mettee, who oversees Godolphin's 15-horse stable here, said winning three races on a day at Saratoga means a bit more than doing it elsewhere.

"It does," he said. "We haven't had that big horse yet this meet, with Discreet Cat still not back. With a 15-horse barn to win three in Saratoga in three allowance races like that, and with the trips they all pulled, it is special, yes."

Godolphin was also successful overseas on Wednesday, as Echo of Light, who finished last in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile, won the Group 3 Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville.

Half-interest in Sharp Susan sold

The International Equine Association Holdings Inc. has purchased half-interest in the stakes-winning mare Sharp Susan, who is entered to run in Friday's Grade 2 Lake Placid Stakes. The 3-year-old Touch Gold filly, who is also owned by WinStar Farm, will run in the red, white and blue silks of IEAH.

On Wednesday, Michael Sherack, the vice-president of investor relations for IEAH, said co-president Michael Iavarone "had been following her for quite a while, and it all kind of came together this morning. Hopefully it pays off quick. All decisions will be mutual, she'll run in our silks, and [WinStar] will control her after her career in terms of breeding."

Sharp Susan will remain with trainer Bill Mott. Sharp Susan has won 3 of 10 starts, including the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream in March. Most recently, she finished third, beaten a half-length, to Rutherienne in the Lake George.

Coa appeals suspension

The stewards suspended jockey Eibar Coa for seven days for careless riding in Monday's Troy Stakes. Having appealed, Coa was granted a stay, and he continues to ride.

Coa was cited for his ride aboard Silver Timber, who in attempting to split horses in the stretch came over on Afrashad. Silver Timber finished third but was disqualified to fifth.

Cowtown Cat goes in company

Cowtown Cat, the Gotham and Illinois Derby winner who finished last in the Kentucky Derby, worked a solid five furlongs in 1:00.63 Wednesday morning over Saratoga's main track. Cowtown Cat is being pointed to the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 3.

Cowtown Cat worked in company with the 2-year-old stakes-winning filly Glacken's Gal, who is possible to start next in the Grade 1 Spinaway here on Sept. 3. Glacken's Gal, who started three lengths in front of Cowtown Cat and who was beaten one length, was given a time of 1:01.23.

* Nobiz Like Shobiz breezed four furlongs in 49.99 seconds over the Oklahoma turf course. It was his first move since winning his turf debut, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Stakes. Trainer Barclay Tagg said he had not yet picked out a next race for Nobiz Like Shobiz, though the $250,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup at Belmont on Sept. 29 is possible.- additional reporting by Alan Shuback