07/18/2016 12:08PM

Sparkman: She's Not Here from pattern that produced Zenyatta

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She's Not Here wins the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap for the second straight year.

Breeders love to repeat successful patterns.

This is totally understandable, both from a commercial and logical viewpoint. The long history of nicks in Thoroughbred racing has convinced breeders and buyers alike that horses bred on the same pattern as great racers of a previous generation are more likely to be good horses themselves. Genetic logic is far less certain, but in the commercial realm, it is perception that matters.

Thus it was inevitable that breeders would repeat the pattern that produced the once-beaten Zenyatta after she dominated the American Thoroughbred racing scene in 2010 and 2011. And since Zenyatta was, in fact, a very well-bred horse, it was almost as inevitable that something good would come from those efforts.

That horse arrived in the form of She’s Not Here, winner of the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap last Saturday at Del Mar. By Zenyatta’s sire, Street Cry, she is the third foal out of Zenyatta’s older half-sister Where’s Bailey, by Aljabr.

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Bred in Kentucky by Eric Kronfeld’s Maverick Productions, Where’s Bailey sold for only $4,000 to Thoroughbred Acadiana at the 2003 Keeneland September sale. She raced for several owners and trainers during a busy 21-race career, winning five times, including the 2005 Remington Park Oaks.

Even without Zenyatta’s exploits, Where’s Bailey had plenty to recommend her as a broodmare prospect. Her year-younger half-sister Balance, by Thunder Gulch, had won three Grade 1’s, including the 2006 Santa Anita Oaks, and she comes from the outstanding female family descending from the Challenger II mare Legendra that includes Irish Derby winner Shareef Dancer, by Northern Dancer; Kentucky Oaks winner Sweet Alliance, by Sir Ivor; Argentine champion Slew of Reality, by Political Ambition; and Grade 1 winner and good sire Mizzen Mast, by Cozzene.

Street Cry also would have been a great sire, even without Zenyatta on his resume. Bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, he was one of the best 2-year-olds of 2000, running second in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes and third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile behind Macho Uno and Point Given. Street Cry’s 3-year-old season was abbreviated by injury, but he returned at 4 to win the Group 1 Dubai World Cup and Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap.

Never the most correct nor the most handsome of individuals, Street Cry shuttled annually between Darley’s Kentucky outpost at Jonabell Farm and Australia and is one of only a few stallions who was equally successful in both hemispheres.

In Australia, he sired champions Shocking (out of Maria di Castiglia, by Danehill), Whobegotyou (Temple of Peace, by Carnegie), and this year’s Australian Horse of the Year Winx (Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar).

In North America, Street Cry sired 2006 champion 2-year-old male and 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense (Bedazzle, by Dixieland Band), Peruvian champion Tomcito (Inside Or Outside, by Eastern Echo), and successful sire Street Boss.

In both hemispheres, Street Cry has sired 111 stakes winners from 1,559 foals age 3 and up, including 19 Grade 1 or Group 1 winners. That 7.1 percent stakes winners to foals ratio is well within the standard for a great sire in the big book era.

Bred in Kentucky by Carl Pollard’s Hermitage Farm and Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley, She’s Not Here was purchased for $190,000 by veteran breeder G. Watts Humphrey at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale. Trained by Victoria Oliver for Humphrey and St. George Farm, Saturday’s victory was She’s Not Here’s sixth win in 22 starts, and her second in the Yellow Ribbon, which she also captured last year.

She’s Not Here is the only winner to date out of Where’s Bailey, who has so far produced only one more foal, a 3-year-old colt by Street Cry named Richmond Street, who failed to sell at a hammer price of $235,000 as a yearling at Keeneland and who has placed once in three starts.

She’s Not Here is a relative outcross, with fifth generation duplications of Hail to Reason and Hoist the Flag her closest inbreeding.

Given that Watts Humphrey is a long-time commercial breeder, it is unlikely that She’s Not Here will appear in the sales ring anytime soon, but it is obvious that if she did, she is now worth much more than her purchase price. Although Zenyatta has yet to get off the mark as a broodmare, her half-sister Treasure Trail, by Pulpit, is dam of current stakes-placed 3-year-old Long Island Sound, by War Front, and another half-sister, the much-touted Eblouissante, by Bernardini, produced a colt foal by Oasis Dream this year.