Gold Street (Street Boss) will carry a three-race winning streak into Monday’s $750,000 GIII Southwest S. at Oaklawn Park.
The bay has been perfect since earning his diploma by seven lengths at fourth asking at Churchill Downs Nov. 23. He captured the Sugar Bowl S. in his stakes debut at Fair Grounds Dec. 21, then stretched to two turns for the first time for a front-running score with a career-best 95 Beyer Speed Figure in this track’s Smarty Jones S. Jan. 24. All three of his victories have come over wet racetracks.
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen will also saddle GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. winner Silver Prospector (Declaration of War), who could do no better than fourth closing into a slow pace behind his stablemate in the Smarty Jones. He defeated recent impressive GIII Holy Bull S. winner Tiz the Law (Constitution) in his aforementioned score beneath the Twin Spires.
‘TDN Rising Star’ Shoplifted (Into Mischief), a narrow winner over Answer In (Dialed In) in the Remington Springboard Mile S. Dec. 15, rounds out the Asmussen trio off a third-place finish in the Smarty Jones.
New York invader Chase Tracker (Verrazano) makes his sophomore debut for Todd Pletcher off a pair of third-place finishes in the GIII Nashua S. Nov. 3 and GII Remsen S. Dec. 7.
The Southwest will offer 17 points (10-4-2-1) toward starting eligibility for the GI Kentucky Derby.