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When the unbeaten Maximum Security captured the Gr1 Xpressbet Florida Derby by three and a half lengths at Gulfstream on Saturday, he became his Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winning sire New Year’s Day’s very first graded stakes winner.

A winner of two of only three outings, including the 2013 Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, New Year’s Day retired to stud in Kentucky but was later exported and sold to Brazil.

Luis Saez has Maximum Security in charge as he wins the Florida Derby (Pic – Gulfstream Park Twitter)

Sarah Whitelaw writes that with his oldest runners now four, New Year’s Day had failed to make much of an impression as a sire prior to the appearance of his son Maximum Security, who made all to win Saturday’s $1 000 000 Florida Derby and stamp himself a major contender for this year’s Kentucky Derby. Maximum Security aside, New Year’s Day’s best progeny include Gr3 Canadian Derby runner up Day Raider and G1 Starlet Stakes runner up Yesterday’s News.

Safe to say more was expected of New Year’s Day when he retired to stud.

Not only was he a once beaten Breeders’ Cup winner, New Year’s Day is a son of the outstanding stallion Street Cry and high class racemare and producer Justwhistledixie (by excellent broodmare sire Dixie Union).

The latter, a four time stakes winner who was second in the Gr1 Acorn Stakes, is not only the dam of New Year’s Day but is also responsible for Shadwell’s multiple graded stakes winning sire Mohaymen.

2002 Dubai World Cup - Street Cry (photo: Dubai Racing Club)

2002 Dubai World Cup – Street Cry (photo: Dubai Racing Club)

New Year’s Day is one of at least 20 Gr1 winners sired by Gr1 Dubai World Cup/Gr1 Stephen Foster Handicap winner Street Cry, whose 120 plus black type winners include at least eight champions.

A classically bred son of the breed shaping sire Machiavellian and Irish Oaks winner Helen Street – whose grandson Shamardal is the sire of Saturday’s Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint winner Blue Point – Street Cry proved the best sire son of Machiavellian, and a stallion capable of well and truly throwing the “Big Horse”.

He is one of only a handful of stallions whose progeny include Horse Of The Year winning champions in three different countries – Winx, Zenyatta and Oh Susanna – with Street Cry’s progeny including Gr1 winners in all of North America, Australia, South Africa, and Britain.

Street Cry proved adept at siring both star male and female runners, with 11 of his 20 Gr1 winners being male, but his two best offspring – Winx and Zenyatta – both female. Champion Sire in Australia in 2015-2016, Street Cry also enjoyed success as a sire in major races on both dirt and turf, with his runners winning races as diverse as the Kentucky Derby, Melbourne Cup, Sun Met, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (twice), and Blue Diamond Stakes.

Street Cry

Street Cry

However, this remarkable stallion has, thus far, had a decidedly spotty record as a sire of sires. His Kentucky Derby winning champion son Street Sense, Street Cry’s best sire son to date, has produced more than 100 black type performers (and nearly 60 stakes winners), with that multiple Gr1 winner’s ten 10 Gr1 winners including the likes of McKinzie (Malibu Stakes, Los Alamitos Futurity), Wedding Toast (Beldame Stakes), recent Coolmore Classic scorer Dixie Blossoms, and young sire Hallowed Crown.

Street Cry’s high class son Street Boss, a dual Gr1 winner in North America,  has sired Gr1 winners in both hemispheres, with his progeny including Kentucky Oaks winner Cathryn Sophia, top Australian performer The Quarterback, ill-fated Hong Kong champion Rapper Dragon, and Arkansas Derby winner Danza.

In total, Street Boss has 31 stakes winners to his name – but from more than 670 runners, which suggests that while he is capable of producing a good horse he does not do so often enough to make him a top stallion.

Other Street Cry sons to have sired Gr1 winners include Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, Norfolk Stakes hero Street Hero and Italian Gr3 winner Per Incanto. The latter’s trio of Gr1 winners in New Zealand include Thorndon Mile winner Shadows Cast and Railway Stakes heroine Santa Monica.

There are also high hopes for Street Cry’s beautifully bred son Pride Of Dubai, winner of both the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes and Gr1 Sires’ Produce Stakes, with that close relative of Invincible Spirit and Kodiac set to be represented by his first Southern Hemisphere runners in 2019-2020. The Coolmore based Pride Of Dubai has already made a good impression with his yearlings making up to $300 000 and is a horse who appears to have all the credentials to become a successful stallion.

Whatever Street Cry’s legacy as a sire of sire becomes, he does appear set to become a high class broodmare sire – even if hr has a long way to go to emulating his sire Machiavellian – whose daughters have produced such sire standouts as Shamardal, Dark Angel and Zoffany.

To date, Street Cry mares have produced more than 40 stakes winners including Diversify (Gr1 Jockey Club Gold Cup), Skitter Scatter (Gr1 Moyglare Stud Stakes), Are You Kidding Me (Canadian Champion Older Male), recent Gr2 Fair Grounds Oaks winner Street Band and Vino Rosso (Gr2 Wood Memorial).

At the time of writing, Street Cry is 18th on North America’s Leading Broodmare Sires List, with his daughters’ progeny having earned over $2.2 million in the Northern Hemisphere, for 2019.

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