02/28/2008 12:00AM

No Street Cry, but other hot sires at Barretts


MIAMI – A smooth and attractive bay son of the Darley stallion Street Cry was the leading lot at Fasig-Tipton’s annual sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder on Tuesday. Consigned by Scanlon Training Center as agent, the colt brought $2.1 million from John Ferguson, bidding on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed.

The colt was cataloged as Hip No. 55 and is the fourth foal out of the winning Tabasco Cat mare Sage Cat. He is a half-brother to 2008 Chou Croute Handicap winner Elliecat (by Crafty Prospector). David Reynolds developed this female family, which also includes the Grade 2 winner Good and Tough, who earned $809,341. Reynolds bred and raced Good and Tough; he also was co-breeder of Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Tabasco Cat.

Last year, the top-priced lot at Tuesday’s Calder auction had sold for $425,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Then the colt had progressed in his training to the point that, at the under-tack show on Feb. 22, he breezed a furlong in 10.40 seconds.

For that effort, the son of Street Cry earned a BreezeFig of 69 and showed a stride length of 25.28 feet, more than a foot and a half longer than the average stride length of the other horses in this sale.

Already the sire of champion Street Sense, who won last year’s Kentucky Derby, Street Cry has become one of the most sought-after sires of classic candidates, but only a few of his offspring are available at the sales of juveniles in training.

And while none are offered at the upcoming Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds, juveniles by Storm Cat, Speightstown, and Medaglia d’Oro are.

And these sires all had major success with their 2-year-olds at Calder. The second- and third-highest prices ($1.7 and $1.5 million) were for young horses in training by Speightstown and Storm Cat, and the high-priced filly was a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and out of the outstanding broodmare Irish Cherry.

Irish agent Demi O’Byrne, acting on behalf of John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, bought the Speightstown colt out of La Comete for $1.7 million from Leprechaun Racing and also purchased the Storm Cat colt out of Country Romance for $1.5 million from Ricky Leppala, agent.

The top-priced filly, costing $900,000, is a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of Irish Cherry, making her a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Daaher and Spun Sugar. Trainer Barclay Tagg signed the ticket for the Lael Stable of Roy and Gretchen Jackson.

Both Medaglia d’Oro and Speightstown are freshman sires with their first runners ready to race this year. At the Barretts auction on March 12, Medaglia d’Oro will have a colt and filly offered, and Speightstown will have a pair of colts and a filly available.

The colt by Medaglia d’Oro is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Anklet and listed winner Spangled, as well as to the dam of Alcibiades winner Bel Air Beauty. The colt sells as Hip No. 140, and the Medaglia d’Oro filly sells as Hip No. 76. She is out of graded-stakes-placed Runaway Chanel, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Got Koko.

The Speightstown colts are cataloged as Hip Nos. 38 and 138. The first is out of Luna Real, winner of the Group 1 Estrellas Sprint, and Luna Real is by the Seeking the Gold stallion Mutakddim and out of a full sister to the important Kentucky-based stallion Lord at War. The second Speightstown colt is out of stakes-placed Ballado’s Halo, a full sister to champion Ashado and the stakes winners Sunriver and Saint Stephen.

The filly by Speightstown is a daughter of the Deputy Minister mare Maid’s Broom, who already has produced graded winner Tenpins, as well as the stakes winners Dust Around, Override Battle, and It’s a Sweep.

In addition to these first-crop offspring of prominent young sires at Barretts, there is a single juvenile colt by the perennial star Storm Cat. Consigned as Hip No. 56, this colt was born May 15, making him younger than most of the 2-year-olds competing against him in the sales market, but as a son of Storm Cat, he will draw considerable attention.

In addition to his sire’s credentials, this colt is out of Grade 1 winner Nany’s Sweep, a daughter of End Sweep who has already produced a stakes winner. This colt’s half-sister, She’s Indy Money (by A.P. Indy), is a Grade 3 winner in Canada.

So proven performance and high expectations will draw likely buyers and their advisers to inspect and assess the qualities of these interesting individuals in the lead-up to the Barretts select sale in less than two weeks.