By Emily Shields
Sunday’s $98,000 Street Sense Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs is a local stepping stone to points races for the 2021 Kentucky Derby later in the fall. The 1 1/16-mile race drew a field of seven. The Street Sense honors the 2007 Kentucky Derby winner (G1), who went on to add the Travers Stakes (G1) and be a classy sire.
On the rail is 15-1 shot Crime Spree, who broke his maiden first out at Louisiana Downs September 9. The gelded son of Fort Larned is trained by Eric Heitzmann.
#2 Oncoming Train (9-2) is from the James DiVito barn. He broke his maiden at Keeneland on debut over six furlongs, but his pedigree of Mineshaft and a Harlan’s Holiday mare suggests the route will be no problem. This Illinois-based runner cost $100,000 as a juvenile.
#3 Arabian Prince (4-1) is trained by a leading Churchill Down trainer in Dallas Stewart. The son of Mshawish was a $235,000 buy last year and broke his maiden on debut here September 2. That was over a mile in a race that came off the turf. He rallied from off the pace.
#4 King Fury (9-2) broke his maiden in style September 3 here over this 1 1/16-mile trip. The son of Curlin and Grade 1 winner Taris cost $950,000 for trainer Ken McPeek. He was 6-1 in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity last out but finished eighth, beaten over 13 lengths, although he did improve his speed figure in that effort. He is dangerous here.
#5 Eucharist (5-1) comes from the Rodolphe Brisset barn. The son of Flatter won by a length at Keeneland over six furlongs. Tyler Gaffalione takes over from Luis Saez. That victory was October 4, with just one work since then, half a mile in :50 flat.
#6 Franz Josef (10-1) is the second longest shot in the field. Another son of Mshawish, he took three tries to break his maiden for Pennsylvania trainer Glenn Wismer. He got it done around a mile at Presque Isle Downs, but that was on a synthetic surface. Julien Leparoux will ride.
#7 Super Stock is the 8-5 favorite. Third in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1), he was also third in the Iroquois (G3) here two back over a mile. This Lone Star stakes winner for Steve Asmussen is a son of Dialed In. Ricardo Santana, Jr. will ride.
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