Street Cry Dynasty Rides Success Way

It was a huge loss not just for Jonabell Farm when Machiavellian’s son Street Cry had to be euthanized last September, aged just sixteen, after succumbing to complications relating to a neurological condition. The most successful sire of all the Dubai World Cup winners had sired not just the excellent Zenyatta, but also a number of sons at stud who prove to be promising young stallions.

Street Sense, photo Darley

We could see this last weekend which may have been easily called the weekend of Street Cry dynasty. It all started in Australia where Hallowed Crown, the son of the Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense (Street Cry) won the Gr.2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday, to be followed a few hours later in the United States by Street Babe in the Gr.3 Mineshaft Handicap and on Sunday, again in Australia, by Self Sense who won the Kilmore Cup (L). The New Zealand racecourse at Matamata saw, on Saturday, the first black-type victory of a horse by the Gr.3 Premio Tudini winner, the bay Per Incanto (Street Cry) whose two-year-old first crop son Rocanto won the Matamata Slipper (L) and equally old Nahema finished second in Matamata Breeder’s Stakes (Gr.2). Street Cry himself did not stay behind as his daughter Sweet And Speedy won the Gr.3 The Vanity at Flemington, Australia, and his two-year-old daughter Stay With Me finished second, on the same racecourse, in the Talindert Stakes (L).    

The three-year-old Sweet And Speedy, besides, among others, Shocking, Solicit, Princess Highway, Gallatin or Chivalry, another example of the successful combination of Street Cry with the Danehill line mares, became, on Saturday, the 87th black-type winner by Street Cry. This is an excellent result for the horse bred by the Sheikh Mohammed and former UAE Horse of the Year, corresponding to nearly ten black-type winners in every crop. His black-type winners, who make up 5% of all of his foals of racing age, are clearly dominated by the star of Zenyatta, Horse of the Year and winner of thirteen Gr.1 winners, followed by the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’s Cup Juvenile, Self Sense and his most successful progeny foaled in Australia, Whobegotyou and Shocking. He is certainly to have more black-type winners out of the horses who have not raced yet. Last year, Street Cry covered 110 mares in the United States and if he maintains his average of ten black-type winners in a crop, the total number should exceed one hundred.

But let us leave speculations behind and look on the potential successors to Street Cry. As the table shows, seven of his sons have managed to produce a black-type winner. As expected, Street Cry leads the way, with his eight seasons at stud spent, with the exception of 2013 season he was at Darley, Japan, alongside his sire at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky. Same as Street Cry, Street Sense too shuttled to Australia where he covered a total of 492 mares and 334 foals were born. Street Sense has produced, so far, thirty black-type winners, of which most of them were the products of his stay in the United States; in Australia he produced just four and in Japan a single one. Four of his progeny won in Gr.1 races – the winner of the Spinaway, Acorn and Test Stakes Sweet Reason, his most successful Australian product Hallowed Crown (another example of the successful combination of Street Cry x Danehill), the winner of the Humana Distaff Aubby K and, eventually, Callback, who won the Las Virgenes Stakes last month.

Street Cry’s sons - sires of black type winners

Stallion (suffix), YOB To Stud Number of BT winners
  Street Sense (USA), 2004 2008 30
  Street Boss (USA), 2004 2009 13
  Street Hero (USA), 2006 2009 3
  Desert Party (USA), 2006 2011 3
  Street Magician (USA), 2004 2011 2
  Per Incanto (AUS), 2004 2011 1
  Clever Cry (USA), 2006 2010 1

The second successful son of Street Cry at stud is the excellent sprinter Street Boos, the keeper of the two track records and winner, among other races, the Bing Crosby Handicap (Gr.1). He, too, belongs in the portfolio of Darley sires and is based at Jonabell Farm, where his fee is 10,000 dollars, i.e. 25,000 less than Street Cry. He, too, shuttles to Australia where he covered over 100 mares each season. Judged by the number of mares covered, he exceeds over Street Cry not just in Australia; he was the most demanded stallion with Street Cry’s blood in the United States last year where he covered 134 mares, sixteen more than Street Sense (and twenty-four more than Street Cry). Street Boss, based at stud since 2009, has too managed to produce Gr.1 winners – one in each of his first two crops. Capo Bastone won the King’s Bishop Stakes two years ago and Danza, third in the last year’s Kentucky Derby, won the Arkansas Derby.

A very promising start was the one of the winner of the Sanford Stakes and UAE 2,000 Guineas Desert Party, bought as a two-year-old for 2.1 million dollars. Last year he had three black-type winners in the first crop. The same number of black-type winners can be seen with Street Hero, the winner of Norfolk Stakes (Gr.1), at stud since 2009 and based at Rancho San Miquel. These include the Gr.1 winner Azarenka who won the Clasico Jockey Club Del Peru.

An interesting name is that of the champion three-year-old sprinter in Italy Per Incanto, the winner of the Gr. Premio Tudini, now based in New Zealand. He belongs among demanded sires there and in the seasons of 2011 to 2014 he covered a total of 472 mares. The Saturday winner of the Matamata Slipper, Rocanto, is his first black-type winner.

The Southern Hemisphere became the home to the 2011 Epsom Derby favourite Carlton House, the winner of the Gr.2 Dante Stakes, who debuted at stud last year in the Australian branch of Darley. The bay Shocking is based in New Zealand at Rich Hill Stud, pedigree-wise a typical product of Street Cry’s Australian stay (out of a dam by Danehill) but distance-wise a rather untypical stayer, whose major achievement was the victory in the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup over 3,200 metres. This had no impact on the demand for his services – the stallion covered nearly 400 mares in his first four seasons at stud. Most of the Street Cry line representatives, however, can be found today among the shorter distances champions in North America where, last year, fourteen sires of this line were active, including Street Cry and his first grandson Street Life (Street Sense). Together, they covered 772 which, together with the demand for this line in the Southern Hemisphere, shows that there is no reason to worry for the future fate of this Dubai Cup Winner’s blood.

Miloslav Vlček

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