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Zipse At The Track

Street Life: Pretender or 2012 Belmont Stakes Contender?

I’ll Have Another must be getting sick and tired of these Johnnies Come Lately. First it was Bodemeister … never had a race as a Juvenile, but he quickly ascended the ranks to become the primary antagonist in the three-part melodrama that currently has even the most casual racing fan bubbling over with anticipation. Bodemeister threw everything but the kitchen sink at I’ll Have Another, giving racing’s new hero the full opportunity to be heroic. As we know, I’ll Have Another capitalized on those challenges to thrust himself ever nearer equine immortality … but it was not easy. 
Now Bodemeister exits stage left, back to the opposite coast of where this drama will ultimately reveal itself, and to recover from the hard fought battles in Louisville and Baltimore. Back east, there is no time for I’ll Have Another to rest, as he will need to dig deep one more time to wear the crown, but without his main foil, the question becomes, against whom?
Like Bodemeister, Street Life did not begin his racing career until January, and the similarities between the two do not end there. They both only have two lifetime wins to their credit, one maiden race and one stakes race. Bodemeister entered his last challenge against I’ll Have Another with five lifetime races, as will Street Life when he challenges the Derby and Preakness winner in the 2012 Belmont Stakes. Bodemeister was sired by a Belmont winner, while Street Life is a son of the Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense. Of course, Street Life is no Bodemeister.
While Bodemeister runs his competition off their feet with classic speed that leaves most that try to chase him gasping for air, Street Life lays in the weeds and lets those running fast early come back to him. If Bodemeister is the hare, then Street Life is the consummate tortoise. He hangs far back and waits, and then waits some more, until his closing kick can be revealed. Sometimes, this is the way to win the Belmont … wait, and then wait some more.
Trained by capable young horseman, Chad Brown, you never would have known that Street Life would be considered a threat in a Triple Crown race just a few months ago. Sent off at 22-1 in his career debut, a six furlong maiden race at Gulfstream Park, he fell far back early and could only rally past a few to nab eighth position at the finish. Sprinting would not be his thing. His fortune turned quickly though when he stretched out for a two-turn maiden race at Aqueduct for his second start. Who says you need early speed when you can close like this… 

After rushing onto the racing landscape with that blistering finish, it would be straight into stakes racing for the Hidden Brook Farm and Magnolia Racing Stable runner. It wasn’t exactly winning the Arkansas Derby, but another impressive late rush to win the listed Broad Brush Stakes was enough to earn him black type, and the opportunity for bigger and better things. While the big boys of the Grade 1 Wood Memorial, would prove a little too much, too soon for Street Life, his return race in the Grade 2 Peter Pan demonstrated marked improvement against good horses. Sent off at 13-1 in a race that marked his first start with blinkers, and his first try at Belmont Park, he once again looked hopelessly beaten as the big field entered the stretch, before kicking in that massive closing kick he has...

Whether or not his closing kick will translate to a distance three-eighths of a mile further than he has ever run before remains to be seen, but just imagine if it does. “I think this horse is bred to run all day, and he trains like he wants to run all day, so I’m excited to get him to that 1 ½-mile distance and see what he does,” says Brown.
It’s just one more thing for I’ll Have Another to worry about during the final furlong of his quest to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner


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Iam betting on Street Life...i think it will be a slower race and most people will not take a look at him.
street Life has a great closing kick. Fresh horse at the Belmont distance, whats not to like.? i have to figure him in my trifecta's.
Street Life=too slow. Maybe on the bottom of my tris/supers. That's about it.
like what I see in him for the Belmont
Hope you are right, Brian! Wasn't Shackleford stupendous!! That guy is just such a hard tryer...so happy he's having some well-deserved success. He's certainly "paid his dues".
I don't see this as any easy field at all, Ann Maree ... Union Rags, Dullahan, Paynter, Alpha, Street Life are not bums, and you know at least one will run big on June 9. Hopefully, it will not be big enough.
I guess what bothers me about these no-name horses in this race -- with the exception of 2 or 3 who are real contenders -- if I'll Have Another does win, they will say "who did he beat"!! In the Belmont, anyway. All of his real competition has fled the scene, which, I guess is a compliment of sorts. I don't care if he only beats minnie q. mouse, though! We'll all rejoice if Little Red gives us what we have been hoping for for 34 years! GO LITTLE RED!

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

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A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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