Belmont Stakes Won't Feature A Rematch Of Street Sense & Curlin

Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will skip the Belmont Stakes so trainer Carl Nafzger can prepare his colt for the Travers Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic later this year.

Nafzger said he talked to owner James Tafel for two hours Wednesday night before deciding against a rematch with Preakness winner Curlin in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

"The competitive side said 'Go,' the logical side said 'No, no, no,'" Nafzger said.

Nafzger said they will aim toward the summer and fall schedule that features the Travers and Breeders' Cup.

"Mr. Tafel said let's not chase spilled water," Nafzger said. "We spilled our water during the Preakness. We got beat. We got outran."

Street Sense and jockey Calvin Borel appeared headed to the Belmont to chase the Triple Crown when he took the lead deep in the stretch at the Preakness, only to have Curlin and jockey Robby Albarado slip by at the wire.

So with the opportunity of being the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 gone, Tafel wants his colt to chase the possibility of becoming the first horse to win the Derby, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the Travers and the Breeders' Cup Classic.

The Travers is Aug. 25 at Saratoga. The Breeders' Cup Classic is Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.

Nafzger said there was a concern that Street Sense wouldn't have time to get properly prepared for the Travers if he ran the 1½-mile Belmont. The horse will be able to rest and compete in one or two races between now and the Travers, including possibly the Jim Dandy.

"I know there's disappointment we're not going to the Belmont," Nafzger said. "But somewhere we want to make another stand."

Story Courtesy: AP Wire Reports & CBSsportsline.com


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