The major local prep for the Travers Stakes, the Midsummer Derby at Saratoga, is the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) contested at 1 1/8 miles, one furlong shorter than the Travers. Juvenile champ and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense made his return to the track after losing the Preakness, and was sent off at prohibitive odds of 35-100. Only 5 other 3-year-olds entered, led by 9-2 second choice Tiz Wonderful, undefeated but unraced since he won the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs in November, and 8-1 third choice Sightseeing, third in the Dwyer last out after winning the Peter Pan, both at Belmont.
36-1 longest shot Flashstorm dueled on the front end with 10-1 C P West through fractions of 23.48, 47.13, and 1:11.70 before Flashstorm dropped from contention. Heavy favorite Street Sense raced near the back of the field early as expected. C P West led the field for the early part of the stretch getting a mile in a slow 1:36.23, but Calvin Borel had asked Street Sense for his best stride. Street Sense came out four wide at the quarter pole and closed with a rush, easily running by C P West at the 1/16 pole and drawing clear to an easy 1 1/2-length victory in a time of 1:48.99. It was just 3/4 length back from C P West to late-running Sightseeing in third, while Tiz Wonderful, who stalked the early pace in third early, tired late and finished last.