09/17/2014 10:15AM

Darley sire Street Cry euthanized at 16

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Darley sire Street Cry, a $5 million earner on the racetrack and the sire of Zenyatta and Street Sense, was euthanized due to complications from a neurological condition, according to a Wednesday release from the farm. He was 16.

Street Cry was taken out of stud duty early this month while standing the Southern Hemisphere season at Darley’s Kelvinside operation in Australia due to the neurological condition, which caused lameness. The condition had surfaced within the last month.

“Street Cry epitomized everything that Darley and Godolphin aim to achieve,” said John Ferguson, bloodstock adviser to Sheikh Mohammed al-Maktoum. “He was bred by Sheikh Mohammed in Ireland, excelled at the highest level on the racecourse in Dubai and the U.S., and then became the lynchpin of our stallion operations in both America and Australia. His contribution to the breed has been significant, and we have been so fortunate to have him. He will be sorely missed by everyone.”

By Machiavellian and out of Irish Oaks winner Helen Street, by Troy, Street Cry won 5 of 12 starts in three seasons for Godolphin Racing and earned $5,150,837. He began his racing career in California with trainer Eoin Harty and finished third in the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. After racing only three times in 2001 at age 3 for Saeed bin Suroor, Street Cry enjoyed his best season at 4, winning 3 of 4 starts, including the Dubai World Cup and Stephen Foster Handicap. He was named the United Arab Emirates Horse of the Year in 2002.

Street Cry retired to Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2003 breeding season. He stood there for the duration of his Northern Hemisphere career and shuttled regularly to Australia. From nine crops of racing age, his runners have won 83 stakes and earned more than $84.3 million through Tuesday.

Both of his two best-known racehorses in the United States, 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta and 2006 champion juvenile male and 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, came from his first crop. He is also the sire of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner, New Year’s Day, and Grade 1 winner Street Boss. Both Street Sense and Street Boss are promising young sires at Darley.

In addition to his success in the United States, Street Cry was one of the leading shuttle sires over the past decade, siring a number of champions and Group 1 winners in the Southern Hemisphere.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was at the 2002 Stephen Foster and it was one of the most impressive races I've ever seen a horse run. He was awesome that day.
Tony More than 1 year ago
Sad to have him gone now. Rest in peace to a great Thoroughbred and a sire of sound racehorses. Long live the Streets.
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
Loss of a champion.
Walter More than 1 year ago
he went so soon. We got to see some nice runners from him. Thanks for the contribution to our sport, you will be missed.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
Real sad news. Liked him as a runner and as a sire. Was precocious enough to battle with the Baffert 2yo's in 2004 and then put it all together as a 4yo. His Stephen Foster romp was a dominant performance. And of course, with Street Cry and Zenyatta being from his first crop, that stamped him as a force in the breeding shed...
mike More than 1 year ago
Sad to hear.
N Lad More than 1 year ago
Sad news--brilliant racehorse, brilliant stallion!