09/17/2014 10:15AM

Darley sire Street Cry euthanized at 16


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.