The breeding rights to Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense have been sold to the Darley Stud of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, trainer Carl Nafzger and owner Jim Tafel both confirmed on Saturday.
Nafzger said that the sale was "a done deal" but that he did not know all the details, including the sale price. Nafzger said that the colt will continue to run in Tafel's name through the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic and that Nafzger will continue to train him.
"There are a lot of stipulations and clauses, as there always is with a major deal like this," Nafzger said from Churchill Downs.
On Sunday, Darley issued a two paragraph announcement on its Web site, confirming that it will stand both Street Sense and Kentucky Derby runner-up Hard Spun at its Kentucky farm at the conclusion of their racing careers. On Thursday, Rick Porter, owner of Hard Spun, said that he was close to finalizing a deal on Hard Spun's breeding rights.
"Street Sense and Hard Spun are the two most thrilling horses of their generation, each blessed with remarkable, exceptional gifts," Dan Pride, chief operating office of Darley USA, said in the announcement. ``They've achieved so much, and impressed so much, both in victory and also in defeat. It will be an enormous privilege to take charge of their stud careers. They are both so deeply talented that it's easy to see how they could each leave a lasting impression on the breed.''
Sheikh Mohammed already owns the sire of Street Sense, Street Cry, and his dam, Bedazzle.
Nafzger said he did not know whether the pending sale played a role in Tafel's decision not to run Street Sense in the Belmont Stakes next Saturday.
"To my knowledge it was not a factor, but I can't say that for sure," he said.
Tafel, speaking from his Boynton Beach, Fla., home, would not offer any details of the sale and wouldn't say if he would retain any breeding rights to the horse after his retirement.
"I'll have an interest in that horse as long as he's alive - as long as I'm alive," Tafel said, referring to an emotional attachment. "When you have an outstanding horse like this you get mixed emotions."
Tafel did say that he is still flying high from Street Sense's 2 1/4-length victory in last month's Kentucky Derby.
"You know it seems like yesterday," he said. "The thrill is still there, it's almost life-changing, it really is. It's such a tremendous experience. As John Oxley and Debby Oxley" - owners of 2001 Derby winner Monarchos - "said to me, it's beyond description, unless you live it."
Nafzger said Street Sense would continue to be pointed for the Haskell or the Jim Dandy, then the Travers and the Breeders' Cup.
Street Sense last raced in the Preakness Stakes on May 19, losing by a head to Curlin. Last year, Street Sense won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and was voted champion
2-year-old male. He has a record of 4 wins from 9 starts and earnings of $3.1 million.
- additional reporting by Jay Privman