Hollis showed tremendous determination when he battled to a dead-heat victory with Sky Ride in the six-furlong Stonerside Sprint Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park Jan. 31.
It marked the second Stakes win for the Street Sense gelding, who also captured the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico in October. Hollis became the second Stakes winner of the weekend for his sire, joining the filly Zaajel, winner of the G3 Forward Gal Stakes on Saturday.
As is his style, Hollis rocketed straight to lead out of the gate. He was tracked through the first half-mile by both Mesa Moon and Sky Ride, who were hot on his heels in second and third, respectively. Entering the homestretch Hollis increased his lead to about a length, but Sky Ride was cutting into that advantage with every stride. The pair hit the wire together, and the official photo showed the duo finishing in a dead heat for the win.
Hollis was bred in Kentucky by Mueller Thoroughbred Stable, Ltd., and is out of the Stakes-placed Pulpit mare, Miss Inclined. All four of Miss Inclined’s foals to race have won, including G1-placed Lady Lilly, who is from the first crop of Darley sire, Nyquist. Miss Inclined is a half to G3 winner Rush Bay as well as a half to the dam of G2 winner Itsaknockout, Listed winner Storm Power and G3-placed Hot Sean.
Street Sense is off to a hot start in 2021, with Hollis his third Stakes winner in January. In addition to Hollis, Street Sense is the sire of two exciting three-year-old’s – the aforementioned Zaajel, winner of the G3 Forward Gal Stakes and Capo Kane, winner of the Listed Jerome Stakes. Capo Kane is targeting the G3 Withers on Feb. 6 for his next start.
Street Sense will stand the 2021 breeding season at Jonabell Farm for a fee of $60,000, stands and nurses.