Updated on 09/16/2011 8:34AM

Street Cry gearing up

Edward Whitaker/Racing Post
Street Cry wins the Dubai World Cup. His encore is the Foster, which no Cup victor has won.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Twice the Dubai World Cup winner has passed this way, and twice he has failed. Neither Silver Charm nor Captain Steve was able to win the Stephen Foster Handicap in his first start after winning the World Cup.

On Saturday at Churchill Downs, Street Cry, the latest star from the Dubai ruling family's world-class juggernaut, Godolphin Racing, will become the third World Cup winner to make the Foster Handicap his encore. Along with Congaree, Street Cry is one of the two obvious favorites in a field of at least seven older horses expected for the 21st running of the $750,000, Grade 1 Foster.

What may differentiate Street Cry from the World Cup winners who lost the Foster is that his travel schedule and acclimation period have been relatively smooth since he won the $6 million World Cup on March 23. Whereas trainer Bob Baffert readily admits the rigors of traveling halfway across the globe took a toll on Silver Charm and Captain Steve, the itinerary for Street Cry has been altogether different.

had been in Dubai before the World Cup, even winning a prep race there in February. And after he won the World Cup by 4 1/4 lengths, he remained in Dubai for another month or so, never skipping a beat upon returning to training.

"He hasn't missed any training since we shipped to New York in late April, either," Tom Albertrani, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor, said Wednesday from Belmont Park.

Having split his time the last several years between Dubai and the U.S. while working for Godolphin, Albertrani, 44, has become something of an expert on how the World Cup and other Dubai races can affect Thoroughbreds. He believes the demands of the whirlwind round trip that has become customary for U.S. shippers may be at the root of their subsequent struggles.

"They make that round trip in a short amount of time, and it's reasonable to think that it could set them back more," he said. "You go one way, like we often do, and it's probably easier on your horse."

Street Cry, who was scheduled to arrive at Churchill late Thursday afternoon following a charter flight from New York, is using the 1 1/8-mile Foster as a springboard to what Godolphin officials hope will be a berth in the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Classic, said Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford.

"The Breeders' Cup is the big goal," Crisford said Wednesday from Newmarket, England. "Everything we do now is toward that, although all of these [prep] races are incredibly important in their own right."

The Godolphin people seem highly optimistic about what Street Cry can accomplish in the long run - and their confidence seems justified, considering the remarkable consistency and ability that Street Cry has shown in his limited career. From 10 starts, Street Cry has posted four wins, five seconds, and one third, for earnings of almost $4.5 million.

A 4-year-old Irish homebred by the Mr. Prospector sire Machiavellian, Street Cry started his racing career in July 2000 in California with Eoin Harty. The colt had five races at 2, concluding with a third-place finish behind Macho Uno and Point Given in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill.

After wintering in Dubai, where he had two preps for the Kentucky Derby, the colt became ill after returning to the U.S., forcing him to miss the Derby.

Given plenty of time to recuperate, he finally returned to the races at Aqueduct in October, finishing second as the odds-on favorite to Evening Attire in the Grade 3 Discovery Handicap. Then it was back to Dubai, where he was sensational in winning the 1 1/4-mile World Cup and the preceding prep.

Street Cry's World Cup win has Godolphin believing he could very well be a horse to follow in the hoofprints of former stable stars Lammtarra, Swain, Daylami, Dubai Millennium, and Fantastic Light.

"We are very happy with the horse at the moment," said Crisford. "We are really pleased with his progress. He takes his training and racing pretty well. We expect him to run well Saturday."

"He's always looked like a horse with a great future," said Albertrani.

Although Street Cry is stabled at Belmont, Crisford said the Aug. 25 Pacific Classic at Del Mar could be on the colt's agenda.

Albertrani, who said bin Suroor "probably" would travel to Churchill for the Foster, was scheduled to arrive in Louisville Thursday to oversee Street Cry's final preparations. Both men are hoping for better luck than what greeted them when they brought a small stable to Churchill in late April. Tempera, the stable's champion 2-year-old filly of 2001, died several days before the May 3 Kentucky Oaks. Then Imperial Gesture put in a terrible performance as the third choice in the Oaks. Then Essence of Dubai was never a factor in the Kentucky Derby.

"We look forward wherever we go," said Albertrani. "We've put all that behind us. We're coming there with confidence."