Updated on 09/18/2011 2:28AM

Street Sense romps by 10


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It took Street Sense only 1:42.59 to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday at Churchill Downs, but it took less time than that for his trainer, Carl Nafzger, to put the first Saturday in November behind him and start looking toward the first Saturday in May.

"We want to come back the first Saturday in May," Nafzger said, referring to the Kentucky Derby, run at the same track six months from now. "That's when we want to be here."

Street Sense ($32.40) won the 1 1/16-mile race like a colt who could finally end the inglorious record of Juvenile winners, who have never won the 1 1/4-mile Derby. Street Sense made a mockery of what appeared to be a wide-open race. He won by 10 lengths, a record margin in the Juvenile and the second biggest in Breeders' Cup history behind the 13 1/2-length margin by which Inside Information captured the 1995 Distaff.

Circular Quay, the 3-1 favorite, finished second, with 7-1 shot Great Hunter another 2 1/4 lengths back in third. The first three finishers were all exiting the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, and thus struck a blow for horses who had prepped over that track's new Polytrack surface.

Street Sense had a last-second adjustment made in the paddock. Nafzger said he noticed a loose baby tooth, and pulled it out.

Street Sense, breaking from the rail, dropped back to 13th in the 14-horse field early under jockey Calvin Borel as Principle Secret, Stormello, and Pegasus Wind sped around the first turn and into the backstretch. They set fractions of 23.07 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46.67 seconds for a half-mile.

As the field advanced around the far turn, Street Sense and Circular Quay, who had been last, both started their closing rushes. Street Sense got a dream run. Borel - nicknamed "Bo-rail" for his ground-saving trips - never left the rail, and the inside opened gloriously for him at the top of the stretch. Street Sense came through in an instant and immediately pulled clear of his rivals. He was so far in front at the end of the race that Borel took him in hand and eased him across the wire.

"I think he could have gone around the whole field. That's how confident I was," said Borel, who was winning his first Breeders' Cup race. "I knew it was a matter of how far, I had so much horse."

Street Sense was brought along patiently and prudently by Nafzger, who has cut back on his training duties but still handles horses for Jim Tafel, who bred and owns Street Sense. Street Sense was second in his debut going six furlongs at Churchill Downs in July, defeated maidens going 6 1/2 furlongs at Arlington Park in August, came back in September and finished third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, then was third in the Breeders' Futurity on Oct. 7 in his first try around two turns.

"I hate to brag. I like to downplay a horse," Nafzger said. "He was the perfect weanling. He was the perfect yearling. He's got a great mind on him. Then you've got to see if he's going to be a racehorse. I thought he would break his maiden his first trip. Look at the steps. Six furlongs, a mile, two turns at Keeneland. The fifth step was the Breeders' Cup. That was our plan, if he took us there.

"This was our prep for the Kentucky Derby in 2007," Nafzger said.

Nafzger is hoping Street Sense, a son of Street Cry and Bedazzle, can bring him back here in May. Nafzger won the Derby in 1990 with Unbridled, who gave Nafzger his lone previous Breeders' Cup victory, in the 1990 Classic at Belmont Park.

Street Sense will now get a rest and will not race again until next year, Nafzger said.

"We'll back off, let him get himself together, let him grow a little," Nafzger said Sunday morning.

Nafzger said Street Sense would go to Florida for the winter and that his major prep for the Derby would likely be the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

Circular Quay is scheduled to leave Kentucky on Thursday for California, where he will be part of Todd Pletcher's contingent of trainees stabled at Hollywood Park this winter, Pletcher said.

Great Hunter returned to Hollywood Park, where he is based with trainer Doug O'Neill.

Neither Circular Quay nor Great Hunter will race again this year, their trainers said.