08/29/2006 12:00AM

Street Cry's first crop starting to show talent

Churchill Downs
Point Given is the sire of Prettiest Princess and Tremendous Won, who recently won maiden races on turf at Del Mar and Saratoga, respectively.


Before Street Cry gained international acclaim as the winner of the Dubai World Cup at age 4, he was among the best juveniles of his generation, finishing second in the Del Mar Futurity and Norfolk Stakes and third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile behind Macho Uno and Point Given. The members of Street Cry's first crop are 2 and they are off and running. On Aug. 19, Street Sense, a 2-year-old colt by Street Cry and out of the Dixieland Band mare Bedazzle, won a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race after finishing second in his career debut on July 9. Bedazzle is a half-sister to stakes winner Binalegend. The second dam of Street Sense, Majestic Legend, is a half-sister to stakes winner and successful sire Mr. Greeley.


While it is not surprising that Johannesburg and Officer sit atop this year's freshman sire list, the unheralded Three Wonders (by Storm Cat) has been the surprise of this year's first-crop sires and is in third place. On Aug. 20, his son Five Towns won a five-furlong allowance by 3 1/4 lengths over a sealed, sloppy track. Five Towns is out of the Miswaki mare Arden Village. Five Towns's second dam, Summer Matinee, won the Gardenia Handicap and placed in the Ladies Handicap.

Del Mar

Prettiest Princess won a one-mile maiden race on turf at 13-1 on Aug. 19. She is by Point Given, a Horse of the Year at age 3. Point Given achieved his success on dirt and he has sired many winners on dirt, but his pedigree is full of turf influences and his runners are often overlooked on turf. By Thunder Gulch, Point Given is out of a mare by Turkoman and his second damsire is Relaunch. Prettiest Princess is out of the Steelinctive mare Tiny Kristin and is a half-sister to stakes winner Stormy Jack.

Delaware Park

Akronism won a six-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies by 8 3/4 lengths on Aug. 15. She is by the popular Maryland stallion Not for Love. Not for Love is a stakes-placed full brother to Rhythm, the 1989 2-year-old champion, and to stakes winner Get Lucky, the dam of stakes winners Accelerator, Daydreaming, and the unraced She's a Winner (the dam of Bluegrass Cat). Akronism is out of the Explosive Bid mare Jerry Bomb, and her second dam is a full sister to Johnny D., the 1977 champion turf male.

* War Chant always showed talent as a 3-year-old for Neil Drysdale but blossomed when he was switched to turf, winning the Breeders' Cup Mile. While his offspring win on dirt, they are superior on turf, and on Aug. 15 No Fair, a 3-year-old filly by War Chant, won a five-furlong maiden race on grass. No Fair is out of the Valid Appeal mare Little Sister, a stakes-winning full sister to the stakes winners Valid Expectations, Littleexpectations, and Miss Valid Pache (the dam of Valid Pulpit), and to stakes-placed Babyexpectations. Little Sister is also a half-sister to stakes-placed Copelan's Pache and Red Apache. Little Sister's second dam, Nowmepache, is a half-sister to 1974 2-year-old champion and 1975 Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure.


Tremendous One, by Point Given, won a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies on the turf at 1 1/16 miles. Tremendous One was making her career debut and is out of the stakes-winning Seattle Slew mare Top Rung.

Finishing second by a neck was Granny Franny, who should not be a maiden for long. By Grand Slam and out of the Sadler's Wells mare Franziska, Granny Franny made a quick move from sixth in the field of nine to gain a clear advantage before being nipped on the wire by Tremendous One.

* Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens has a good filly in This Just In, who won a five-furlong maiden race in her third start by 4 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite. By Pulpit, This Just In is out of the multiple-stakes-winning Glitterman mare Glitter Woman.

Finishing second to This Just In was first-time starter Total, a filly by Forest Wildcat out of the Cox's Ridge mare Limit. Her second dam, Bound, is a three-quarter sister to champion racehorse and sire Nureyev, as well as a half-sister to Fairy Bridge, the dam of Sadler's Wells.

* Nick Zito got another 2-year-old first-time winner on Aug. 20 when Debbie Got Even won a seven-furlong maiden race by a nose, paying $13.80. Debbie Got Even, as her name implies, is by Stephen Got Even (the sire of last year's 2-year-old champion colt, Stevie Wonderboy), whom Zito trained to win the Gallery Furniture.com Stakes (now the Jim Beam Stakes). Debbie Got Even is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Lady Esther, a daughter of multiple stakes winner Via Borghese. Via Borghese is a half-sister to stakes winner El Angelo.