He’s a horse who just may be too pretty.
Dogwood Stable’s Street Fight is a magnificent-looking animal, and he’s trained sensationally. How he runs after transitioning from the flat to racing over hurdles is a question that will be answered Saturday, as the gelding makes his debut over national fences during the 22nd Aiken Fall Steeplechase.
“I think he will run well, but he’s always a horse that has touted you in the morning,” said Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable president. “So much so, that we spent a lot of money to supplement him to a $500,000 race in Canada (the Breeders’ Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Crown). It was too much for him. He will be the best-looking horse in Aiken on Saturday. He looks wonderful. I paid $200,000 for him as a two year old, and he’ll just take your breath away. I hope in his new career, he’ll run to his looks.”
Street Fight, a son of the 2007 Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense, had been trained on the flat previously by Todd Pletcher, Mike Keogh and Gary Contessa. Now, he’s in the barn of Arch Kingsley Jr., who will saddle the colt in Saturday’s first race, a maiden hurdle contest to be run at 2¼-miles. Jockey William McCarthy will have the call on Street Fight.
“I like him, he’s a cool horse,” said Kingsley. “He’s a horse I picked up at Saratoga. He’s a fun horse, and he’s done everything right.”
The 4-year-old gelding broke his maiden during his sophomore campaign, winning a 11/16-mile race by a commanding 6½-lengths at Woodbine.
Campbell will be in attendance at Saturday’s races at Ford Conger Field.
“It’s a kick to go out there with a horse with your colors on,” said Campbell. “It’s fun for all of us around here.”
Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004.