05/10/2007 11:00PM

Street Cry heads a classic quartet at Jonabell


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The victory of Street Sense in the Kentucky Derby brought cheers at Churchill Downs, as well as 90 miles away at Jonabell Farm, where the Kentucky Derby winner's sire, Street Cry, stands at stud. Jonabell is the Kentucky stallion station of Sheikh Mohammed's international breeding enterprise, Darley.

Street Cry is the star of Jonabell's young sires with horses of racing age. The farm also stands older, proven stallions, as well as last year's champion 3-year-old Bernardini and the highly ranked sprinter Henny Hughes, who both are covering their first book of mares in 2007.

In 2006, Street Cry was the leading freshman sire in a very close race with Johannesburg, who stands at Ashford, the Kentucky arm of Darley's international rival, Coolmore.

The two racing titans have competing operations that extend to the Southern and Northern hemispheres and around the globe.

Yet no stud farm - anywhere - can match Jonabell's current distinction. It stands four individual sires of Kentucky Derby winners.

In addition to Street Cry, the sires are Quiet American, whose son Real Quiet won the Derby and Preakness in 1998; Elusive Quality, whose son Smarty Jones won the Derby and Preakness in 2004; and Holy Bull, whose son Giacomo won the Derby in 2005.

Darley's acquisition of this quartet resulted from an interest in horses with classic prospects, as well as other factors that produced a serendipitous result.

Darley bought Jonabell in 2001 as an initial step in its development of a stallion operation in Kentucky and, as part of that deal, stands Holy Bull and the highly regarded sire Cherokee Run.

Then, with its own stud farm in Kentucky, Darley began adding stallion prospects at Jonabell, typically those picked out of the Godolphin racing string with pedigrees and performance that fit well with the interests of American breeders.

"Street Cry and E Dubai came in at the same time," said Dan Pride, chief operating officer with Darley USA. "Both were really good prospects, and the racing profile and pedigree of each lent itself to becoming a classic performer and a classic sire. Both were good winners at 2, then won at 10 furlongs later in their careers. Both had speed and could carry it."

Then Darley acquired Gainsborough Farm after the death of Sheikh Maktoum, Sheikh Mohammed's brother, and as part of that consolidation, Darley began managing those stallions' books three years ago and moved Quiet American and Elusive Quality to Jonabell for the 2007 covering season.

As part of this evolving operation, Street Cry is a thorough product of Darley, being bred in Ireland and raced in the U.S. and UAE before retiring to stud at Jonabell.

Now a classic sire, Street Cry was once a highly regarded classic prospect. At 2, the big and obviously progressive colt ran second in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes, as well as third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and Street Cry was Godolphin's best candidate for the Kentucky Derby in 2001. After shipping to Dubai and training there over the winter, however, Street Cry ran third in the UAE Derby and then was declared out of the Kentucky Derby after injuring an ankle.

The rugged son of Machiavellian came roaring back to prominence as a 4-year-old, however. He won the Dubai World Cup and the Stephen Foster at the Grade 1 level to cement a place at stud for himself at Jonabell, and his performance is a tremendous boost for the entire program that Darley has set up.

Typical of the Darley sires and of its overall approach, Street Cry is a stallion with a select pedigree whose value and reputation escalates with every success.

The only significant son of Machiavellian (by Mr. Prospector) at stud in the States, Street Cry joined the English-based Medicean as sons of Machiavellian with top-level winners on the racecourse last year.

Their sire, Machiavellian, was the highweighted juvenile colt in France in 1989 and became the leading son of Mr. Prospector in Europe. A horse with speed and competitive fire whose offspring did well on Europe's varied turf courses, Machiavellian also sired some very good racers on dirt. For instance, Street Cry joined Almutawakel as the second son of Machiavellian to win the Dubai World Cup.

Machiavellian was mated to many of Darley's finest mares. Street Cry is a full brother to stakes-placed Helsinki, the dam of Shamardal, who is Giant's Causeway's best racehorse to date. Shamardal won the French Derby, French Guineas, and Dewhurst for Godolphin and now stands in England at Darley's English stud, Dalham Hall.

Street Cry and Helsinki are both out of the fine mare Helen Street. A daughter of English Derby winner Troy, Helen Street won the Irish Oaks in 1985.

With this classic success, her grandson Street Cry has bred on the family legacy of classic performance another generation, and he bids well to become a major international sire with the versatility of Machiavellian.

Among Street Cry's best performers on turf are European group stakes winners Majestic Roi and Big Timer. His best offspring in America include Street Sounds, winner of the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland on the Polytrack, and classic aspirant Summer Doldrums, who won the Whirlaway at Aqueduct earlier this year on dirt.