Two Phil’s Rolls To Decisive Victory in G3 Street Sense

October 30, 2022

Two Phil’s wins the Street Sense (Coady Photography)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— After bumping with a rival into the first turn, Two Phil’s tracked a contested early pace down the backstretch and then rolled home to a 5 ¼-length win over Hayes Strike in Sunday’s 10th running of the $199,800 Street Sense (Grade III) – the featured event on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 133rd Fall Meet and 18th annual Stars of Tomorrow I program for juveniles.

Jareth Loveberry rode the winner for trainer Larry Rivelli and owners Vince Foglia’s Patricia’s Hope LLC and Phillip Sagan as the Kentucky-bred son of Hard Spun clocked 1 1/16 miles over a sloppy track in 1:47.31.

Breaking from post No. 5 in the field of 10 2-year-olds, Two Phil’s jostled with Red Route One while trying establish position into the first turn and then tucked into an inside tracking position down the backstretch as Top Recruit, Boppy O and 2-1 favorite Jace’s Road dictated the pace through fractions of :23.93, :48.21 and 1:14.06. Two Phil’s gradually shifted outside of the leading trio down the backstretch, ranged up well in hand to bid for the lead at the five-sixteenths pole and assumed command entering the lane before drawing off for the win.

“He’s shown a lot of maturity in his last couple of starts,” said Loveberry. “He’s started learning a lot more and settling early into the race. He got a little bounced around today but down the backside I got him to settle nicely and at the half-mile pole we were in a good position. I tipped him out a little bit and he showed me a lot of run.

“This is my first graded stakes win at Churchill Downs and I’m very excited and thankful to Larry and Vince for giving me this opportunity.”

Two Phil’s, who earned $118,350 for the win and improved his record to 5-3-0-0—$195,450, paid $17.24, $9.18 and $5.62. Hayes Strike, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, returned $22.64 and $15.82. Fliparino, with Corey Lanerie up, was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third after a slow start and paid $9.

Top Recruit, Red Route One, Honed, Frosted Departure, Jace’s Road, Boppy O and Western Ghent completed the order of finish. King Ice was scratched.

Two Phil’s finished seventh in the $600,000 Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland three weeks ago. Prior to that, he as a 9 ¾-length winner of the $50,000 Shakopee Juvenile at Canterbury Park in mid-September.

“He’s been roughed around a couple times but Jareth has really figured him out,” Rivelli said. “He gave him a great ride today and has worked with him in each start to get to mature. He’s learned to relax and he’s a solid, sound horse. He ran great today and we’re thrilled with his potential.”

A start in the $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) over the same 1 1/16-mile distance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 26 miles could be next. The Kentucky Jockey Club is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point series that will determine the field of 20 horses that will compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6.

Purchased for $150,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Two Phil’s was bred by co-owner Phillip Sagan.

The Street Sense is named in honor of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense who became the first horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) as a 2-year-old and the Run for the Roses at age 3. He also was the first Champion Two-Year-Old Colt to win the Kentucky Derby since Spectacular Bid who won the Kentucky Derby in 1979. Trainer Carl Nafzger was on hand to present the winning trophy Sunday.

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