Street Boss was one of four G1 winners from the celebrated first crop of Street Cry, Darley’s flagship stallion who died in Australia in September of 2014 at the age of 16 and is the sire of more than 100 stakes winners. The star of that crop was Zenyatta, but it also included the Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and the European-raced filly Majestic Roi, and collectively these four horses showcased their sire’s versatility and class as a stallion around the world. Street Boss was a G1 winner at 6F and 7F on all-weather; Zenyatta was a 10F Breeders’ Cup winner on all-weather and a G1 winner at 8.5F on dirt; Street Sense won the G1 BC Juvenile at 8.5F on dirt at 2 and remains the only winner of that race to take the Derby, a 10F race; and Majestic Roi was a G1 winner on turf at a mile.
Street Cry was bred in Ireland by Sheikh Mohammed. His pedigree is a combination of speed and stamina and dirt and turf, and this offers a clue to his versatility as a stallion though he never raced on anything else except dirt. His sire was the US-bred and European-raced Mr. Prospector stallion Machiavellian, a G1 winner at 2 at 6-7F and a champion juvenile who was also a classic-placed miler at 3 for his breeder, Flaxman Holdings Ltd. His dam was 12F Irish Oaks winner Helen Street, a daughter of 12F Epsom Derby winner Troy, both of them bred by Ballymacoll Stud. This is also the female family of Darley’s top European sire Shamardal and Japan’s Neo Universe.
The Street Crys won on all surfaces, at all distances, at all ages, from 5.5F to the “extreme” distance of the 3200-meters (two miles) of the G1 Melbourne Cup. They were frequently not the prettiest of horses, but pretty is as pretty does, and the stallion’s unexpected and early death was a blow for Darley and breeders everywhere. We were again reminded of this loss this past weekend when Street Cry was represented by three Group winners in Australia, headed by star mare Winx’s triumph in the 1600-meter G1 Chipping Norton Stakes. Fortunately for Darley, the farm stands Street Boss and Street Sense, and both stallions are carrying on for their sire admirably.
Street Boss (above) was in the spotlight stateside over the weekend with his star daughter, the undefeated Cathryn Sophia. She won the G2 Davona Dale over a mile at Gulfstream on Saturday by seven lengths as a heavy favorite, remaining perfect in four starts to throw down the gauntlet to division leader Songbird as both eye the G1 Kentucky Oaks down the road.
Street Boss stands for $12,500 — a great value — and is extremely popular at the price and difficult to get into at this point in the season. Cathryn Sophia is by no means his only “big horse.” Before her, he had 7F G1 King’s Bishop winner Capo Bastone from his first crop, foals of 2010. And after him came Danza, a foal of 2011 who won the 9F G1 Arkansas Derby prior to a third-place finish in the Derby of 2014. Last year, Street Boss was represented by Metaboss, a foal of 2012 who won the 9F G3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate over the all-weather. Altogether, the stallion is represented by 16 Northern Hemisphere stakes winners. And like his sire, he’s shuttled to Darley’s Australian farm and found some success there as well, with three Group winners to date.
Street Boss was an exceptionally fast but late-developing sprinter. He was unraced at 2, won only one of four starts at 3, but came into his own at 4 when he was first six times from nine starts, accounting for two track-record performances at 6F. He won the G1 Bing Crosby Handicap in 1:08.67 at Del Mar and the G3 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park in 1:07.55. He also equaled the 5.5F mark of 1:01.27 at Santa Anita in an allowance, and he won the G1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood at 7F. Altogether he won seven of 13 starts and earned $831,800, and all his starts were on the all-weather in California.
Like Street Cry, he’s shown that he, too, is versatile as a stallion, with winners on dirt, turf, and all-weather, and though he was unraced at 2, he’s a prolific sire of 2-year-olds, too. From the Ogygian mare Blushing Ogygian, Street Boss traces tail-female to a European family cultivated by Marcel Boussac, and in this regard he’s similar to his sire, whose own family was developed by Ireland’s Ballymacoll.