09/03/2008 11:00PM

Jonabell to be Street Boss's future home


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Darley Stud announced Thursday that Street Boss, a dual Grade 1-winning sprinter by Darley sire Street Cry, will stand at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington when he retires from racing.

The 4-year-old colt is owned by trainer Bruce Headley, Marsha Naify, and Simon Yu. He’s pointing for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, the final race in which he will carry the partnership’s colors. Darley will take over ownership of the horse after the Breeders’ Cup. His plans after the Breeders’ Cup haven’t been finalized yet, according to Darley America’s head of nominations, Charlie Boden.

Street Boss, winner of the Grade 1 Triple Bend and Bing Crosby handicaps this year, set Del Mar’s six-furlong track record of 1:08.67 in the July 27 Bing Crosby, his most recent start. Earlier this year, he also set a six-furlong track record at Hollywood when he won the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap in 1:07.55.

Street Boss has earned $581,800 and won 7 of his 11 starts.

Bred in Kentucky by Brilliant Stable, he is out of the Ogygian mare Blushing Ogygian, a stakes-placed runner. Blushing Ogygian also is the dam of multiple-graded-placed Habiboo, by Unbridled’s Song.

Lava Man heads to Old Friends

Popular California gelding Lava Man, whose illustrious racing career featured seven Grade 1 victories and 13 stakes wins, has retired to Old Friends in Georgetown, Ky.

He left the track in July after hoof X-rays suggested he might not hold up to more racing. The 7-year-old Slew City Slew gelding is the leading California-bred earner, with a bankroll totaling $5,268,706.

Lava Man won the Hollywood Gold Cup in three consecutive years, from 2005 to 2007, matching Native Diver’s feat in 1965-67. He also won back-to-back runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap in 2006-07. His other Grade 1 victories came in the 2006 Pacific Classic and the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap on turf in 2006. Along the way, he also set a 1 1/8-mile turf course record of 1:44.26 in the 2006 Khaled Stakes and a 1 1/4-mile main-track record of 2:03.21 in the 2007 Hollywood Gold Cup, both at Hollywood Park.

For most of his career, Doug O’Neill trained Lava Man for the partnership of Steve, Tracy, and Dave Kenly’s STD Racing Stables and Jason Wood.

“Michael called us about retiring Lava Man, and he was just so energetic and excited,” Steve Kenly said of Old Friends founder Michael Blowen. “I didn’t think there was that much interest in the horse outside of the West Coast, and Michael just said, ‘Are you kidding me?’

“We’re not blue-blood, we’re not the uber-wealthy,” Kenly added. “Lava Man is a small guy’s horse, and Michael is a small guy’s farm, so we thought it was a perfect fit.”

Lava Man became popular for a meteoric rise from maiden claiming ranks to Grade 1 performer in just over a year. He is out of the Nostalgia’s Star mare Li’l Ms. Leonard and was bred by Lonnie Arterburn, who also initially trained Lava Man, and Eve and Kim Kuhlmann.

Lava Man will arrive at Old Friends on Sept. 16, and the farm will host a celebration in his honor on Oct. 7.

Repent moves to Kentucky

In other stallion news, Repent, who stood at Vinery in Florida for a $5,000 fee in 2008, will move to Vinery’s Kentucky division in Lexington for the 2009 breeding season. The millionaire multiple graded stakes winner does not have a 2009 fee yet.

Repent, a 9-year-old son of Louis Quatorze, is the sire of 2008 Grade 2 winner Crown of Thorns and stakes-winners Repenting and Prince Cortez, as well as 2007 stakes winners Atoned and Check It Twice. He also has sired six stakes-placed runners and has current progeny earnings of more than $2.4 million from two crops to race.

Repent earned more than $1.2 million and won four graded stakes: the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, and the Grade 3 Risen Star and Kentucky Cup Juvenile stakes. He is out of the stakes-placed mare Baby Grace, an Argentine-bred daughter of Cipayo.

Repent will be available for breeders’ inspection during the Sept. 8-23 Keeneland September yearling auction.

Rush Bay to stand at Murmur

Murmur Farm in Darlington, Md., will launch Grade 2 winner Rush Bay’s breeding career in 2009, the farm has announced. His stud fee has yet to be determined.

The 6-year-old Cozzene horse retired from racing after seriously injuring himself on May 12, 2007, in a race at Churchill Downs. He underwent surgery soon afterward at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington to stabilize his pastern.

Bred and raced by Mueller Thoroughbred Stable and Phoebe Mueller, Rush Bay won the Grade 2 Nijinsky and Grade 3 Jefferson Cup stakes. He also was victorious in the Opening Verse Handicap at Churchill and finished second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes and the Grade 3 Sycamore Breeders’ Cup and American Turf stakes at Keeneland and Churchill, respectively.

Rush Bay is out of the Deputy Minister mare Seoul.

Service Stripe relocated

In other stallion relocation news, Michigan will be Service Stripe’s new home.

The 17-year-old Deputy Minister horse, sire of Grade 1 winner Cashier’s Dream, previously stood in Pennsylvania at Pin Oak Lane but now moves to James and Laura Jackson’s Belair Farm in Highland, Mich. His 2009 fee will be $2,000, down from his advertised 2008 price of $3,500.

Service Stripe has sired two-time track-record setter Secret Romeo, and the stakes winners Born to Dance, Sweetwater Promise, and Mad Adam.

Service Stripe is a son of the stakes-winning Blushing Groom mare Wedding Picture, who also has produced Broken Vow’s dam, Wedding Vow.