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Belmont Stakes: Street Sense Out, Curlin the Early Favorite

by Thomas Jensen on Friday, June 1st, 2007

Belmont Stakes: Street Sense Out, Curlin the Early FavoriteTrainer Carl Nafzger has officially announced that Street Sense will not be racing in the Belmont Stakes on June 9th, 2007. Point-Spreads.com expects Curlin to be the early Belmont Stakes betting favorite at internet racebooks such as Sportbet.com.

Entries for the 139th Belmont are to be taken, and post positions drawn, on Wednesday June 6th, 2007. With the defection of Street Sense, the Belmont Stakes has only 5 horses committed to the race included Curlin, Hard Spun, Slew's Tizzy, Imawildandcrazyguy and Tiago.

After consultations with owner Jim Tafel, Nafzger decided to have Street Sense bypass the longest race in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

"We really wanted to win the Triple Crown," Nafzger said on a conference call. "As sportsmen, we thought, 'Let's go kick Curlin's butt in the Belmont.' But we had to decide whether to go to the Belmont to end his spring campaign, or go to the Travers to start a fall campaign. We blew the Triple Crown. Now we're trying to put it back together. I'm disappointed we blew the Preakness, and we blew it."

Immediately following the heartbreaking Preakness Stakes loss, Nafzger's declared Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense would not run in the Belmont Stakes. However, over the course of the next week and a half after the race, he would not commit to the earlier decision.

Street Sense will be racing two more times in 2007. The first horse race will be on August 25th, 2007 at the Travers Stakes at Saratoga. The second horse race will be on October 27th, 2007 at the Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park. No horse has ever won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Derby, Travers, and Classic.

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