Liberal Arts Splashes To Victory In Street Sense, Provides Trainer Medina First Graded Win - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Liberal Arts Splashes To Victory In Street Sense, Provides Trainer Medina First Graded Win

Arrogate colt Liberal Arts, under Cristian Torres, captures the Street Sense (G3) and earns 10 Kentucky Derby (G1) qualifying points

Liberal Arts relished the added distance and sloppy conditions at Churchill Downs on Sunday as he rallied from last to win the 11th running of the $200,000 Street Sense (G3) – the featured event on opening day of Churchill Downs' 134th Fall Meet and 19th annual Stars of Tomorrow I program for juveniles.

Cristian Torres rode the winner for trainer Robert Medina and owners-breeders Stephen and Evan Ferraro as the Kentucky-bred son of Arrogate clocked 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.50 to defeat 6-5 morning line favorite Moonlight by 2¾ lengths.

Gettysburg Address led the compressed field of five 2-year-old colts through measured and unpressured fractions of :23.73, :47.93, and 1:13.05 as Liberal Arts was content to trail early and conserve his energy for a late run. As Informed Patriot collared into a tiring Gettysburg Address with three-sixteenths of a mile to run, Liberal Arts was beginning to hit his best stride. Liberal Arts quickly closed into the leaders and was full of run late to score the convincing come-from-behind win.

“This horse really has improved as the distances got longer,” Torres said. “Turning for home today I just had a ton of horse beneath me and I think he really appreciated going two turns. I got him to relax on the backside and he won like a professional today.”

Liberal Arts earned $123,000 for the win and improved his record to 5-2-1-2—$226,825. He also earned 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby series that will determine the preference list for the 20-horse 150th Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, May 4. Points were awarded on a scale of 10-5-3-2-1 to the top five finishers.

Liberal Arts paid $14.18 for the win at odds of 6-1. Moonlight passed Informed Patriot for second, while that rival finished a length back in third.

Gettysburg Address and Northern Flame completed the order of finish. Barksdale, Generous Tipper and Parchment Party were scratched.

Prior to the Street Sense, Liberal Arts finished third in the Churchill's one-turn, one-mile Iroquois (G3) on Sept. 16 behind West Saratoga and Risk It.

“We knew we wouldn't be able to get longer distances until the fall, so we made sure this horse had some experience under his belt, but knew he'd appreciate the stretch out,” said Medina, who tallied his first graded stakes win as a trainer. “Going two-turns today I think was the key. He's made five starts this year and talking with the ownership group the plan is now to lay him up until next year and point to some of the big 3-year-old races.”

The gray or roan Liberal Arts is out of the Tribal Rule dam Ismene.

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 (G1) as a 2-year-old and the Run for the Roses at age 3. He also was the first Champion Two-Year-Old Male to win the Kentucky Derby since Spectacular Bid in 1979. Carl Nafzger, who trained Street Sense, was on hand to present the winning trophy in Sunday's race.

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