Updated on 09/16/2011 7:03AM

Bailey leads big day for U.S.

Ed Whittaker/Racing Post
Street Cry and Jerry Bailey win Saturday's $6 million Dubai World Cup by 4 1/4 lengths. It was Bailey's fourth victory in the world's richest race.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - It was the Saudi Arabian desert, but the Dubai World Cup program had a distinct American flavor Saturday night at Nad Al Sheba.

American-based runners won two of the six races; former American runners won two others; and American jockeys Jerry Bailey and Gary Stevens dominated the card. Bailey won the $6 million World Cup with Street Cry, who was once based in California. Stevens won two stakes on California horses. He guided Caller One to a repeat win in the $2 million Golden Shaheen, leading a top-four sweep by U.S. horses. He also rode California-bred Grey Memo, runaway winner of the $1 million Godolphin Mile.

Bailey, who won the World Cup for the fourth time, said: "I've got some very nice horses, otherwise I wouldn't have won four."

Bailey is the go-to American jockey for Godolphin, the racing stable owned by the Maktoum family, and when Frankie Dettori stayed with World Cup favorite Sakhee, Bailey inherited the mount on Street Cry.

While Street Cry looked terrific physically and acted like the ultimate professional, Sakhee tipped his poor performance from the moment he entered the paddock. Lathered up despite mild evening weather, Sakhee was dripping wet by the time he left the paddock.

Sakhee outran his appearance by finishing third, and Dettori said, "He is better on turf."

Meanwhile, Bailey guided Street Cry to a perfect trip. From post 9, he made it to the rail, and tucked in fifth position behind pacesetters Western Pride and To the Victory. At the head of the lane, Street Cry rallied along the inside, burst to the lead a quarter-mile out, and was never threatened. He won by 4 1/4 lengths. Saudi invader Sei Me ran on for second, 4 1/4 lengths in front of Sakhee.

Street Cry was a top-class 2-year-old in 2000 while trained in America by Eoin Harty, and returned to Dubai last winter to be trained for his 3-year-old season by Saeed bin Suroor. A leading Derby prospect last year for Godolphin, Street Cry was knocked off the Derby trail by injury. He returned in fall with a second in the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct, but has thrived as a 4-year-old wintering in Dubai. Street Cry's impressive victory - his fourth from 10 starts - sets him up for an American campaign in a weak handicap division.

Street Cry will not be the only Godolphin-Harty protege returning to America. Earlier on the card, a one-three finish in the $2 million UAE Derby by Essence of Dubai and Ibn Al Haitham sets them up for a Godolphin assault on the Kentucky Derby.

The victories by Street Cry and Essence of Dubai (winner of the Norfolk Stakes last fall at Santa Anita) validates the Godolphin U.S. 2-year-old program. Both colts won maiden races in summer in California before joining the elite of the 2-year-old division.

California speedster Western Pride did not fare as well, finishing ninth after contesting the pace. The 4-year-old Western Pride was sold to Faisal bin Khaled bin Abdul Aziz, a Saudi prince, by owners Carolyn Chapman and Theresa McArthur during World Cup week, but now will be returned to America and to his former owners. Had Western Pride won, terms of the sale called for the horse to stay with the Saudi prince, and for Chapman and McArthur to receive half the winner's share, or $1.8 million, in addition to the purchase price. But because Western Pride lost, the transaction basically became a one-race lease. He returns to his former owners, who get to keep the purchase price, which was not disclosed.

The World Cup order of finish was Street Cry, Sei Mi, Sakhee, Crimson Quest, Royal Tryst, Agnes Digital, Best of the Bests, Keltos, Western Pride, State Shinto, and To the Victory.

The two-four finish by Saudi shippers Sei Mi and Crimson Quest is either an indictment of the quality of the field, or evidence the Saudi racing program has improved. The time of the Dubai World Cup (2:01.18) was the slowest since 1998.