03/23/2007 12:00AM

Street Sense raises Street Cry's value


LEXINGTON, Ky. - By winning the Tampa Bay Derby in track-record time of 1:43.11 for 1 1/16 miles, Street Sense has thrown down the gauntlet to any classic colts who want to challenge his dominance in the division. Anyone wanting classic glory has this bay son of Street Cry to beat.

Street Sense nipped the talented and progressive Any Given Saturday in the Tampa Bay Derby, and both colts should progress through the season and show appreciation for classic distances.

The importance of classic quality and performance figures significantly in the pedigree of Street Sense. His sire was a high-class juvenile and Kentucky Derby candidate who did not make the big race itself.

From Street Cry's first crop to race, which now are 3-year-olds, he has produced racers with the capacity to go a distance and the ability to perform at stakes class. Street Sense's victory in the lucrative Breeders' Cup Juvenile made his sire the leading first-crop sire in 2006, and Street Cry has sired five stakes winners, including current 3-year-old stakes winner Summer Doldrums.

With the success of his first crop to race, the demand for seasons to Street Cry has been heavy, and as a result, the stallion's fee is now $50,000.

A breeding and racing product of Sheikh Mohammed's vast international breeding enterprise, Street Cry stands at his owner's Kentucky stud, Jonabell Farm in Lexington, where Darley USA keeps its stallions. Darley also stands the important sires Quiet American (sire of Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet), Elusive Quality (sire of Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones), and Holy Bull (sire of Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo), as well as the hot new stallions Bernardini and Henny Hughes.

Street Cry is holding his own in such elite company due to the racing success of his offspring. The best of these to date is Street Sense.

Bred in Kentucky by James Tafel and racing for his breeder, Street Sense is out of the Dixieland Band mare Bedazzle. Still standing at stud at Lane's End Farm, Dixieland Band is a son of Northern Dancer, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 1964.

Dixieland Band has been a solid, high-quality son of Northern Dancer at stud and has developed an international reputation as a broodmare sire. The 2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos is out of a daughter of Dixieland Band, Regal Band.

As a daughter of Dixieland Band, Bedazzle went to stud with good prospects, and Street Sense is the first foal of the 10-year-old mare. As a racehorse, Bedazzle won four races in four seasons and earned $197,455. From the evidence of her earnings, Bedazzle was quite useful, especially when considering that she did not earn black type to boost her bankroll.

As a racehorse, Bedazzle was the second-best of her dam's produce, but after producing a champion, the mare has moved to the head of the class.

Tafel bought the His Majesty mare Majestic Legend, who is the dam of Bedazzle, as a yearling for $75,000 at the 1986 Keeneland September sale. Mrs. John W. Hanes bred Majestic Legend, and racing for Tafel, Majestic Legend won the Week of Fame Ladies Handicap at 5, and as a broodmare produced stakes winner Binalegend and other good winners.

Majestic Legend is out of the Reviewer mare Long Legend, who also produced the important racehorse and sire Mr. Greeley (by Gone West) - the sire of recent Louisiana Derby second-place finisher Ketchikan - and the stakes-placed Talltalelady (by Naskra).

Long Legend won 4 of 6 starts and is out of the Dancer's Image mare Lianga, who was a top sprinter in Europe. Dancer's Image raced in the U.S., where he is best-known for finishing first in the 1968 Kentucky Derby and then being disqualified after testing positive for Butazolidin, which was illegal to use in racehorses at the time.

After producing Street Sense, Bedazzle had a 2-year-old filly named Elusive Sparkle by leading sire Elusive Quality. In 2005, when that filly was a weanling, Tafel sold Bedazzle, the dam of Street Sense, to trainer Carl Nafzger for $180,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. At that time, Street Sense was a yearling, and Bedazzle was in foal to Distorted Humor.

Now, Street Sense has a yearling half-sister by Distorted Humor, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide and at least three current classic contenders. And at the time of Street Sense's victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Nafzger owned Bedazzle in partnership with Randy Bloch, Bob Manfuso, and John Seiler.

Shortly after the Breeders' Cup, Sheikh Mohammed purchased Bedazzle in foal to Speightstown in a private transaction. Awaiting delivery of a Speightstown foal due near the end of March, Bedazzle, like all the Darley USA mares, is located at the Gainsborough Farm division outside Versailles, Ky. The mare is booked back to Street Cry.