Street Life is coming alive in bettors' eyes in recent weeks. He finished a very impressive third in the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes on May 12, and was a hat-tipping sixth in this year's Wood Memorial against tough Triple Crown contenders (Alpha, Gemologist, Tiger Walk and Teeth of the Dog).
Street Life is trained by Chad Brown, who has little Triple Crown experience and virtually no Triple Crown success.
It is not his training that is intriguing, however: It is his pedigree.
Street Life is out of Street Sense and Stone Hope by Grindstone. Street Sense, you will remember, won the 2007 Kentucky Derby and placed in the Preakness Stakes that same year.
With this Triple Crown blood in his pedigree, along with lines from Unbridled and Dixieland Band, Street Life holds an advantage over his competition.
Street Life is going off at 15-1 early odds, according to DRF.com, and is working modestly since his last race.
Although his times have been less-than stellar (5F at 1:01.15 and 4F at 47.82), his workouts are encouraging for another reason: They've all been at Belmont Park.
Being familiar with this track is something Street Life will hang his hat on come race time. Chad Brown is a "New York guy" and this horse loves this track. The Peter Pan Stakes was run here, and every workout Street Life has put in has been on this surface.
There is a lot to like about this horse, and I'd bet on him taking 15-1 odds any day of the week.