03/28/2002 12:00AM

States waking up to Machiavellian


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Let there be no doubt. Machiavellian is the best sire of dirt racers standing in Europe. He is also one of the best sires standing in Europe, but when his stock get a chance to race on dirt, they do make some unexpected advances. Street Cry, for instance, is the second winner of the Dubai World Cup sired by Machiavellian, who is the only stallion to sire more than one victor in the $6 million event.

Machiavellian's other winner of the World Cup is Almutawakel, and he also won a Group 1 race on turf, the Prix Jean Prat in France. After Almutawakel' s revelation of high-class dirt form in 1999, Street Cry was one of the European-bred 2-year-olds sent to train and race in America under trainer Eoin Harty in 2000.

Out of the Irish Oaks winner Helen Street (a daughter of English and Irish Derby winner Troy), Street Cry would not have been an immediate selection on pedigree for early development and success as a juvenile. But succeed he did. Although he did not win a stakes, the colt ran second in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes, then ran into third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. After this display of early form, Street Cry was Godolphin's leading hope for success in the Kentucky Derby last year.

As part of his classic preparation, Street Cry won the UAE Guineas, but unfortunately, an injury limited his racing in 2001 to three starts. Despite this, Timeform, in its invaluable annual "Racehorses" publication, gave the colt 121 pounds against 134 pounds for Point Given, who had a much fuller campaign.

Street Cry won his first start earlier this year, when he took the honors in the Maktoum Challenge Round 3. The dark bay colt is now unbeaten in his two starts this year, and he is expected to be sent to the United States for further testing of his abilities in the top-level dirt stakes this year.

If Street Cry continues on this path of international success, he will be a most valuable advertisement for his sire, Machiavellian. Having sired three dozen stakes winners, Machiavellian is one of Mr. Prospector's best sons at stud.

In fact, when Godolphin's splendid champion Dubai Millennium died suddenly of grass sickness during his first season at stud, the breeders who had shipped mares to England for mating with him were offered nominations to Machiavellian in his place.

Even so, Machiavellian is one of the best-kept secrets in breeding. The reasons for this are not too obscure.

Machiavellian, bred and raced by the Niarchos family, was unbeaten in three starts in France as a juvenile, including the Group 1 Prix de la Salamandre and Prix Morny, and the horse also ran second in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket. He did not, however, make the international headlines in the classics for 3-year-olds and never showed his form in an American event. As a result, relatively few American breeders have patronized the stallion, and he has virtually no commercial market recognition in this country.

That is probably about to change, however. A powerful campaign by Street Cry or similar success by other sons and daughters of Machiavellian will wake up breeders here in the States. Those in Europe are already quite aware of the stallion's abilities. Over European courses, his offspring have won the French 2000 Guineas (Vettori), the Coronation Stakes (Rebecca Sharp), and Prix du Cadran (Invermark), among other good races. Machiavellian's offspring typically show their best form as 3-year-olds and later and do best when allowed to race over distances of a mile and frequently more.

His offspring's stamina is moderately surprising, considering that Machiavellian had much better results racing at 2. But Timeform noted that Machiavellian was quick-actioned and had shown his best when racing on firm to good turf. Furthermore, he was characterized by a degree of headstrong energy and a desire to race on or near the lead, which can compromise horses racing in Europe. So, it seems that any "distance limitations" in this son of Mr. Prospector were the result of his attitude toward competition and his natural action.

The property of a syndicate, Machiavellian stands at Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket for 60,000 pounds (about $85,500).

Street Cry was bred in Ireland by Sheikh Mohammed and races for Godolphin.

The colt is the 10th foal out of his classic-winning dam. Her 3-year-old, the Pennekamp filly Historian, recently won a listed stakes in France. The mare does not have a 2-year-old, and her yearling is a bay colt by Polish Precedent.

Further information about the racing character and success of Machiavellian' s stock in Europe can be gleaned from the pages of Timeform's "Racehorses" annual. The 2001 volume is now available from Portway Press for 70 pounds, plus shipping. This 1,200-page book has excellent information and analysis, and it is of great value to owners, breeders, agents, and industry professionals around the world.