Street Cry, His Daughters and One Connection of Interest

When the six-year-old Australian superstar Winx dominated the Chelmsford Stakes on Saturday, it was her nineteenth triumph in a row. The same number of consecutive victories was achieved by another excellent mare – the U.S. bred Zenyatta. What the two mares have in common is not just the long line of victories but also their sire – both are daughters of the former Jonabell Farm stallion Street Cry.

Street Cry, photo Darley

In two weeks it will be three years since the winner of the Dubai World Cup, Street Cry, left this world prematurely at sixteen. The most successful of Machiavellian's sons at stud had, at the time he had to be euthanised due to nervous system issues, a total of 78 black-type winners. Their number has grown ever since and now consist of 114 black-type winners, including – besides the two mares – the Kentucky Derby winner and the Horse of the Year Street Sense or the winner of the Melbourne Cup Shocking, whom he produced during one of nine seasons when he shuttled to Australia. The last week, however, brought to Street Cry not just another triumph of the excellent Winx but a new achievement in the role of sire of sires, thanks to the Peru-based Tomcito, whose son Happy Valley won the local 2,000 Guineas on Sunday. The second group race of the day, Classico Claudio Fernandez Concha (Gr. 3), was won by Mr Bailetti, whose dam is the daughter of Street Cry. His victory came only a few hours after another three-year-old out of a dam by Street Cry, the U.S. bred Sharp Samurai, won the Del Mar Derby (Gr.2).

The last two victories show that Street Cry’s daughters do not have to be stars only on the racecourse but that they fare well at stud too. The first progeny of his daughters were foaled ten years ago and won a total of 32 black-type races. These 32 stakes winners is by 29 stallions and only two stallions produced more than a single black-type winner with Street Cry’s daughters. They have much in common though – both these stallions are by Danzig and their dams come out of Mr Prospector's line, to which Street Cry belongs too. The first is the Argentina-based Exchange Rate, the sire of a Gr.2 winner and the third in the Argentinian 1,000 Guineas, Ultimo Sueno, and Gr.3 winners Kir Royal and the already mentioned Mr Bailetti. Black-type winners make up as much as one fourth of all products of this connection. The second son of Danzig, successful with the daughters of Street Cry, is War Front, the sire of the winner of the Vintage Stakes (Gr.2) War Decree and a blacktype winning filly, the runner up in the Gr.1 Chandelier Stakes With Honors. The share of black-type winners in this combination is even higher – one in three foals of racing age (and one in two runners) won a stakes race! Add to it the three-time stakes winner and Gr.2 placed Believe in Bertie, the only Langfuhr's (Danzig) progeny out of a daughter of Cry, and the Gr.3 winner Gautier, the only progeny of Believe in Bertie (Danzig) out of a daughter of Street Cry, you’ll arrive at a very interesting statistics indeed.

This is naturally no guarantee of success always and every where. For instance the frequently used Hard Spun, based same as Street Cry at Jonabell Farm, has produced with them 17 foals of racing age of whom 11 are runners but none has scored in a black-type race. In total Danzig’s sons produced with the daughters of Street Cry seven black-type winners of 59 foals of racing age, 45 runners. Nearly 12% share of black-type winners is an excellent result for Danzig’s sons and if there is the blood of Mr Prospector present in the dam side of their pedigree (one fourth of black-type winners out of Street Cry’s daughters come from the line of Mr Prospector) then the recent experience shows that it is a stallion that should definitely not be overlooked when looking for a partner for Street Cry’s daughters.

Miloslav Vlček

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