05/02/2016 4:27PM

Sires of the 2016 Kentucky Derby: Street Cry

Darley America
Street Cry

When it comes to credentials for siring a Kentucky Derby winner, Street Cry stands alone among sires of 2016 Derby hopefuls. The late son of Machiavellian is the only one to have sired a Derby winner, that being Street Sense in 2007.

Street Cry, who stood at Darley in Lexington, Ky., from 2003 until his death in December 2015 at the age of 17, is the sire of the maiden Trojan Nation, who earned enough points to qualify to start in the Churchill classic with a second-place finish to Outwork in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial.

Street Cry, a homebred of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, was a top sire at the time of his death and figured to have a number of years left in the breeding shed. His stud fee was $100,000 when he died.
From 11 crops of racing age, Street Cry is the sire of 108 stakes winners, 6.1 percent of his 1,763 foals of racing age, with a very high percentage, 57.4, of those having won graded or group stakes.

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His best include the Horse of the Year Zenyatta, champions Street Sense (champion 2-year-old in 2006), New Year’s Day (champion juvenile male in North America), Shocking (champion stayer in Australia), and Whobegotyou (champion 3-year-old colt in Australia), as well as Grade 1/Group 1 winners Winx, Street Boss, Victor’s Cry, Seventh Street, and Street Hero.

The multi-hemisphere stallion – he shuttled to Australia a number of times – has been a worldwide success, and he is represented by the Australian filly sensation Winx, who is undefeated in seven starts this year at age 4 and a career earner of $4.97 million.

On the track, Street Cry won 5 of 12 starts and earned $5,150,837 while racing from ages 2 through 4. In the United States, he won the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap, his lone stakes win in North America, and was second in the Del Mar Futurity at 2 among his five stakes placings. In 2002, in his owner’s native Dubai, he won the 1 1/4-mile Dubai World Cup, the richest race in the world.

Darley sales manager Darren Fox lamented how Street Cry’s success at stud “really drives home how big a loss he was.”

“We have his sons Street Boss and Street Sense, who are really doing well here in our stallion barn and are definitely insuring the line continues,” he said. “It makes you wonder how many more good horses he had left in him, but such is the nature of the breeding business.”

Street Sense, from Street Cry’s first crop, was the first winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to win the Kentucky Derby. He now stands at Darley for a fee of $35,000.

Street Boss, who stands for a fee of $12,500, won two Grade 1 races, the Bing Crosby and Triple Bend handicaps in 2008.

Zenyatta, winner of 19 of 20 starts, also came from his first crop, and she earned $7.3 million while being named champion older female three consecutive years, the last in 2010 when she also was Horse of the Year.
One of the best attributes of Street Cry as a sire is his ability to get all types on all racing surfaces. They can sprint, go long, run on dirt, turf, and synthetic, and he gets good colts and fillies.

Fox likes Street Cry as a sire of horses who can get the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

“As a stallion, he was effective at nine and 10 furlongs, and that’s really the true testament,” Fox said. “He’s gotten a litany of horses that won Grade 1’s over 10 furlongs, like Street Sense. He got a mare like Zenyatta, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic. In Australia, he had Shocking, Whobegotyou, and Winx, who all won Group 1’s at 10 furlongs.

“It’s hard to get a stallion that had such a wide range of appeal on three continents.”