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This is the 20th in a series of notes and impressions about the new stallions in Kentucky for 2009. The horses will be reviewed alphabetically.

Street Boss (2004 chestnut by Street Cry out of Blushing Ogygian, by Ogygian)

Stands at Darley at Jonabell for $25,000.

A handsome horse with a considerable amount of talent, Street Boss was, according to the chat on the street, the quickest-booking new stallion in Kentucky this season. Nor did it hurt the new stallion’s cause that he stands at Darley, the newest 800-pound gorilla in the Bluegrass, which already has its fair share of silverbacks.

A winner twice at G1 level, with a second and a third in other premium races, Street Boss was equally impressive when going through the sales ring as a yearling. Bringing the fifth-highest price for a yearling by his sire, Street Boss sold for $300,000 to Bruce Headley, who put a solid foundation on the quick colt and then waited for him to come right.

Headley’s patient handling paid off as Street Boss became a G1 winner and contender for champion sprinter last year at 4, and he became a major stallion prospect in that demanding marketplace, where Darley reached in and scooped him up in a deal worth several million to Headley and his partners in the horse.

In addition to his racing record, Street Boss has the physique that typically draws attention from breeders: good size and bone, good length and presence, and lots of muscle. The new stallion shows considerable influence from the Damascus stallion Ogygian in his makeup, with the rounded muscle and obvious power so typical of that sire. This influence was clearly a factor in making the Street Boss the best speed horse to date by his sire, the much more classically inclined Street Cry.

Street Hero (2006 bay by Street Cry out of Squall Linda, by Summer Squall)

Stands at Vinery for $12,500.

Unlike Street Boss, Street Hero is made in the more typical pattern of their sire Street Cry, who is also the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, champion Zenyatta, and current classic contender Desert Party. Out of a stakes-placed mare by Preakness winner Summer Squall, Street Hero was bred to progress well with maturity and become a colt with serious classic potential.

Although far from a finished article as a racehorse, Street Hero showed high form as a juvenile, winning the G1 Norfolk and finishing third in both the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Del Mar Futurity (to division champion Midshipman both times). Those performances defined the bay colt as a performer of high class, which is fortunate for breeders because his juvenile races made up his only season of competition.

Shortly after the Breeders’ Cup, an injury ended his career on the track, and Street was diverted to a stallion career at Vinery.

A notably well-balanced and scopey colt, Street Hero has good length and surprising substance for a colt who is still somewhat immature. He possesses a very good balance of qualities, with an excellent stride profile and enough power through his hindquarters to place himself competitively in a race.

These are important assets, especially for a horse who wasn’t a speed horse, because speed is the first essential in the qualities that make a stallion successful. His balance and length give Street Hero an outstanding profile with very good extension and stride length, and he is another promising stallion prospect for his sire, Street Cry, who is the most progressive young sire in America.