why u should not avoid unproven sires: Street Cry (sire of Street Sense and Zenyatta), Medaglia (Rachel), Birdstone (2 Birds) all 1st crops 9:53 PM Nov 12th from web
Darley wins in HOTY vote: Stands Street Cry (Zenyatta) and Medaglia d’Oro (Rachel); former for $150K, latter for $100K 9:51 PM Nov 12th from web
Choosing stallions for mares is similar to picking ball players in the MLB draft. College players, like proven sires, are “known” quantities with three more years of baseball under their belts than high school prospects. But the latter group, although riskier, has more upside potential. Only the best high school prospects have a chance to be drafted, and those that aren’t go to college to play and mature. The high school prospects, then, are the first-crop sires of the equine world, and if you ignore them, do so at your risk. They are Street Cry, Birdstone, and Medaglia d’Oro. Horse of the Year will be decided between Zenyatta, a first-crop daughter of Street Cry, and Rachel Alexandra, a first-crop daughter of Medaglia d’Oro. Birdstone is the sire of Derby winner Mine That Bird and Belmont winner Summer Bird, both from his first crop. And aside from Zenyatta, Street Cry sired Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense from his first crop, too.