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Party Crasher
TIM LAYDEN
May 28, 2007
Just when it looked as if the sport could celebrate another bid to end the Triple Crown drought, Curlin came of age and ran down Street Sense to win the Preakness in a record-tying time
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May 28, 2007

Party Crasher

Just when it looked as if the sport could celebrate another bid to end the Triple Crown drought, Curlin came of age and ran down Street Sense to win the Preakness in a record-tying time

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In the Preakness, Albarado came four wide off the final turn as Borel gunned Street Sense past him on the inside. "I could see that Robby was guiding him, but not riding him yet," Asmussen said. When Albarado finally dug into Curlin, the only question was whether he would get Street Sense before the wire. "This horse was meant for stages like this and the Belmont Stakes," Asmussen said of Curlin. But while the Preakness winner might run in the third leg of the Triple Crown on June 9, there probably won't be a rubber match. "If [owner James] Tafel says, Go to the Belmont, we'll go," said Nafzger of Street Sense, "but I doubt it."

The unlikelihood of a rematch seemed insignificant late on Saturday, as Jackson celebrated in a party near the Pimlico stakes barn. The winemaker sipped champagne from a glass flute. "I don't know what kind of champagne it is," Jackson said, "but I know what it represents." With that, he raised the glass toward the darkening sky.

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