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138th TRAVERS: History on line for Street Sense, Sightseeing

There is also plenty of pre-race action.

The New York Racing Association will offer a $1 million guaranteed all-stakes Pick 4 that starts with the seventh race, the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch at 4:20 p.m. There is also a $100,000 guaranteed Grand Slam that begins with the sixth race at 3:42 p.m.

Parking gates and admissions open at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Travers Day. Clubhouse admission is $10, while grandstand admission is $5. There is no free admission for breakfast on Travers Day and there are no tram tours.

In addition to a BC Juvenile, Kentucky Derby, Travers triple, Street Sense could become just the 10th horse in history to win the Kentucky Derby and Travers. The select few who have done it are: Baden Baden (1877), Hindoo (1881), Azra (1892), Omar Khayyam (1917), Twenty Grand (1931), Whirlaway (1941), Shut Out (1942), Sea Hero (1993) and Thunder Gulch (1995).

A Travers victory by Street Sense would also mean the world for the colt's 65-year-old trainer, Carl Nafzger, who won his first Travers in 2000 with Unshaded. Nafzger, a former rodeo rider born in Texas, retired two years ago, but continues to train a small, select group of horses owned by longtime clients Tafel and Bentley Smith. Nafzger is definitely in the twilight of an illustrious career that has spanned nearly four decades.

"Historically, the Travers had always been a race I wanted," Nafzger said. "It has happened, but I want it to happen again. I'm ready for it twice. I was fortunate to win with Unshaded. To win it twice would be a dream come true. It's the kind of race equal to the Kentucky Derby in its historical significance. It's what you want to do. If you're running horses, you want to be on top."

After winning last Saturday's prestigious Grade 1 Alabama here with Lady Joanne, Nafzger can become only the second trainer in the last 31 years to win the Alabama and Travers in the same season; Hall of Famer Leroy Jolley accomplished it in 1976 with Honest Pleasure (Travers) and Optimistic Gal (Alabama.)

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