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Derby winner Street Sense set for Kentucky Cup Classic
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Published: 9/27/2007 12:09 AM

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FLORENCE, Ky. -- Kentucky Derby and Travers winner Street Sense likely will be the odds-on favorite in a short field for Saturday's $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park.

The 3-year-old colt will start from the middle of a field of five entered Wednesday. Hard Spun, runner-up in the Derby, will start from the inside post in a rematch that Turfway had hoped for, just four weeks before the Breeders' Cup.

Others entered for the 1 mile race over Polytrack are Stream Cat, trained by Patrick Biancone; Cat Shaker, trained by Craig Callis; and Muqbil, trained by Duane Knipe.

Turfway help lure Street Sense and Hard Spun for a Derby rematch by offering a $150,000 bonus if the Classic winner also had won a Grade I stakes in 2006 or 2007.

Street Sense, owned by Jim Tafel of Barrington, has thrived this summer with wins in the Jim Dandy and the Travers, both at Saratoga. Hard Spun, who seemed overmatched and finished third in the Preakness and fourth in the Belmont Stakes, rebounded by winning the King's Bishop at Saratoga in his last start.

Tafel, along with trainer Carl Nafzger, had been considering three races for Street Sense, including the Hawthorne Gold Cup at Hawthorne and the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

They decided on the Kentucky Cup Classic because of Turfway's proximity to Louisville, where Street Sense is stabled at Churchill Downs.

"It was the idea of putting him on the van in the morning, go up there, run, then come back home," Nafzger said Monday.

Both trainers are pointing to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27, although Larry Jones has said Hard Spun could end up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.