The Spa Spot: Street Life snags Curlin victory
Street Life earned a trip to the Travers Stakes on August 25 with a victory in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course Friday.
Under jockey Jose Lezcano, the Street Sense colt rallied from off the pace to win the 1 1/8 race on a sloppy track by 1 3/4 lengths over Five Sixteen He paid $6.30.
"It worked out beautiful," trainer Chad Brown said. "Jose rode a good race; kept him a little closer today. We talked about it. Jose has ridden the horse great every time he's ridden him, it's just that if you give that horse an opportunity to be a little bit lazy he'll take it. We're getting to figure this horse out and Jose executed it perfectly.
"I was optimistic that the horse would handle the mud. I've never breezed him in it, but he's had strong gallops in it. It seems like he has a little more focus, is a little sharper, when I've galloped him in the mud. I was holding out hope that he'd handle it and he loved it. So it worked out."