February 26, 2024

Improbable oozes class in Street Sense

Improbable with Drayden Van Dyke up wins the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs on the Breeders' Cup "Future Stars Friday" undercard, November 2, 2018 (c) Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com

by John Mucciolo

Trainer Bob Baffert has a bevy of stars competing in the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs this weekend, and he unveiled a future star on Friday with WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s Improbable, who dominated the $100,000 Street Sense Stakes to kick off the stakes action on the “Future Stars Friday” program.

The City Zip colt was a bit tardy out of the gate but soon got into position as the leaders reached a half-mile in a swift :44.96. The chestnut moved to the three path under pilot Drayden Van Dyke nearing the turn for home, glided to the front and it was just a matter of how far he would win by after that.

Improbable was 7 1/4 lengths clear at the finish line while clocking the one-turn mile in 1:35.61 over the fast dirt to earn his first stakes triumph. The 4-5 choice returned $3.80 for the win.

Early leader Trophy Chaser stayed on gamely for runner-up honors as the 3-1 second favorite. Distant Shore, off at 14-1, moved to third nearing midstrretch and held that position under Corey Lanerie.

Improbable was a winner in his September 29 debut at Santa Anita Park, gutting out a neck victory. He is now perfect from a pair lifetime outings and moved his career earnings to $89,520.

The winner was bred in the Bluegrass State by St. George Farm and G. Watts Humphrey Jr., and attracted a final bid of $200,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Improbable is out of the winning A.P. Indy mare Rare Event and his second dam, stakes heroine Our Rite of Spring, is a half-sister to Grade 1-scoring leading sire Hard Spun.